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Why Man United assets were so poor as Zaha strengthens case for FPL inclusion

Man United 1-3 Crystal Palace

  • Goals: Donny van de Beek (£7.0m) | Andros Townsend (£6.0m), Wilfried Zaha x2 (£7.0m)
  • Assists: Jeffrey Schlupp (£5.5m), Jordan Ayew (£6.0m), Tyrick Mitchell (£4.0m)
  • Bonus Points: Zaha x3, A Townsend x2, Schlupp x1

Manchester United look far from ready to command Fantasy Premier League investment this season after their disappointing 3-1 home defeat to Crystal Palace.

Having missed the first Gameweek of the season, the Red Devils looked rusty and devoid of ideas as Roy Hodgson’s men constantly exploited their high defensive line and poor passing.

24.6% of Fantasy managers decided to go into Gameweek 2 with Bruno Fernandes (£10.5m) in their team, but their enthusiasm for the premium midfielder went unrewarded.

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Not only did the Portuguese international register a blank, but there were also very few promising signs or bad luck either. After non-stop contributions to club and country between the end of 2019/20 and beginning of the new campaign, Fernandes looked exhausted against Crystal Palace and his FPL owners may already be concerned about how much he can contribute in the coming Gameweeks.

Perhaps the most frustrating thing for Fernandes and his band of Fantasy followers was how much defending he was tasked with. As he and his Manchester United colleagues were sloppy in possession at Old Trafford, Fernandes was forced to recover the ball on multiple occasions. Ironically, he was probably one of United’s best players in this department, but anyone with a £10.5m midfielder in their Fantasy team does not want to see him fulfilling the so-called Makélélé role, no matter how well he does so.

Of even greater concern for Fernandes’ owners was the impact that new signing Donny van de Beek (£7.0m) had once he arrived on the pitch. The Dutchman came on for Paul Pogba (£8.0m) in the 67th minute, tasked with number 10 duties, pushing Fernandes back into a deeper role alongside Scott McTominay (£5.0m).

“Paul (Pogba) has been training really well since he came back and for Donny (van de Beek) it’s his first game, so that’s (why he doesn’t start) today.” – Ole Gunnar Solskajer, speaking pre-match

Crucially, van de Beek was one of only a few United assets who looked fresh and ready for the campaign, and his 80th-minute goal will surely help him work into Solskjaer’s plans for the Gameweek 3 trip to Brighton. If van de Beek does indeed start at the Amex Stadium, assessing his on-the-pitch relationship with Fernandes will be a vital monitoring exercise for Fantasy managers.

With their most creative player not at his best, Manchester United’s other attacking assets were starved of quality service and also offered very little. Marcus Rashford (£9.5m) was virtually anonymous despite facing a favourable match-up with Crystal Palace’s right-back Joel Ward (£4.5m). 

Meanwhile, Solskjaer was forced into deploying Daniel James (£6.5m) and Timothy Fosu-Mensah (£4.5m) on the right-hand side of attacking midfield and defence, in light of short pre-seasons for Mason Greenwood (£7.5m) and Aaron Wan-Bissaka (£5.5m), both of whom were on the bench. The second-choice pairing did not work out even remotely, perhaps no surprise considering how rarely the two players have featured together.

As a result of Fernandes, Rashford and James putting in toothless displays, Anthony Martial (£9.0m) was left to feed off scraps in an isolated lone forward’s furrow. 

Greenwood admittedly added a bit of energy on the right once he replaced James at half time but it was still not enough. The mid-priced midfielder should have scored United’s first goal of the season when he nodded a Fosu-Mensah cross wide at the far post. Despite that miss, he will almost certainly be back in the team for Gameweek 3, which might help get the Red Devils’ attacking going.

“Let’s see if we need (Greenwood). He’s always a good option to have on the bench. He’s had a shorter pre-season than what we hoped for. That’s the reason behind a few of the calls so far (including Matić and Wan-Bissaka).” – Ole Gunnar Solskajer, speaking pre-match

Either way, it was clear from Manchester United’s rusty performance that improvement is needed before they can command the same level of Fantasy power as they did during Project Restart. The fact that they missed Gameweek 1 and had a short turnaround between the end of last season and the beginning of this really showed, the number of players involved on international duty not helping either.

“We had a long season last season and we didn’t finish until August 16 and we have not had enough preparation time to be sharper. We’ve worked hard with the ones who’ve been here, there have been a few players away on internationals.” – Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

By comparison, Palace managed to spend pre-season playing four friendlies, getting their first league match out of the way last weekend. 

As a result, the difference between the two sides at Old Trafford could not have been more obvious. It was the Eagles who spent the majority of the game on the front foot and asking difficult questions of their opponents, beating their illustrious hosts for shots in the box and efforts on target.

As already mentioned, a combination of a high defensive line and the immobility of Harry Maguire (£5.5m) and Victor Lindelöf (£5.0m) enabled Palace’s rapid front-men to spend nearly all afternoon bearing down on David de Gea (£5.5m) in sweeping counter-attacking moves.

That first paid dividends for Hodgson’s men in the seventh minute when Fosu-Mensah got caught in possession high up the pitch, allowing Jeffrey Schlupp (£5.5m) to press into the vacated right-back space and drag Lindelöf over. Unsurprisingly, the former Leicester man got behind the centre-back easily, flashing a ball across Maguire and Luke Shaw (£5.0m), which was turned in by an unmarked Townsend at the far post.

Just before half time, Palace embarked on another dangerous counter. Zaha powered through the middle, rode the challenge of Fernandes and played Ayew in on the left, who cut inside and saw his ferocious shot tipped over the bar by de Gea.

After the resulting corner progressed to the second phase, Zaha harried possession back on the left-hand side, cutting inside himself and rippling the side-netting.

Ayew and Townsend doubled-up on McTominay in the middle shortly after half-time, catching him out and bearing down on de Gea once more. This time the former Swansea man burst through the middle, had the chance to play it wide to Zaha, but elected to blast an effort straight at the goalkeeper.

Maguire was at fault in the 66th minute when he lost possession in a dangerous area, allowing Ayew to play Zaha into a one-on-one. The Ivorian international fired into De Gea’s net but the goal was overturned for offside.

Two minutes later, Palace had a penalty after a lovely dummy from Townsend had sent Ayew through on goal, his shot blocked by Lindelöf, supposedly with his hand, according to VAR. The forward initially had his penalty saved but it was ordered to be retaken as De Gea was off his line. Zaha stood up to dispatch the re-take. There was plenty of controversy about the goal, but United deserved to be 2-0 down, there was no debate about that.

Where this leaves the penalty situation at Palace is somewhat unclear. Hodgson admitted after the game that the decision to let Zaha take the second one was because he did not want the risk of Ayew having to re-take it. However, penalty expert of recent years Luka Milivojevic (£6.0m) made a second successive substitute’s appearance so could be back in the starting line-up next time.

“I don’t think it’s good for a player to miss a penalty and immediately take another one. His confidence is affected by the miss, it wasn’t a good penalty, it was a fairly comfortable save for De Gea. And I’m sure, if I had allowed him to take (the second) penalty, he might well have scored it. But I didn’t think it was a good idea to take that chance.” – Roy Hodgson

Zaha then added the Eagles’ third as United overstretched to find a late equaliser. He recovered an intended pass from Tyrick Mitchell (£4.0m) to finish United off in the 85th minute.

“You can see we are short and they deserved the points. They were sharper than us in challenges, tackles. We started off slowly and that had a knock-on effect for the rest of the game when they got the first goal.” – Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Zaha now has three goals in his first two league games of the campaign, recorded after impressing in pre-season too. His centre-forward role is combining well with a midfield classification and the fixtures are appealing too.

Palace host an in-form Everton in Gameweek 3, but Saturday afternoon highlighted just how many issues remain among Carlo Ancelotti’s defenders. After that, Hodgson’s men face Brighton (home), Fulham (away) and Leeds (home) between Gameweeks 5 and 8.

The Gameweek 4 trip to Chelsea looks tough on paper, but it turns out that Palace are arguably one of the most trustworthy sides when facing so-called bigger clubs. Since May 2015, they have now won nine matches away from home against the Premier League’s big-six, Manchester City the only outfit with more road victories against such opposition (10).

That could also mean good things for Townsend, who has offered value over the first two matches of the campaign. He now has an attacking return in each outing so far this season, and at £6.0m might be slightly easier to fit into a Fantasy team than Zaha.

Manchester United XI (4-2-3-1): De Gea; Shaw, Maguire, Lindelöf, Fosu-Mensah (Ighalo 81′); Pogba (van de Beek 67′), McTominay; Rashford, B Fernandes, D James (Greenwood 46′); Martial.

Crystal Palace XI (4-4-2): Guaita; Mitchell, Sakho, Kouyaté, J Ward; Schlupp (Eze 75′), McCarthy (Milivojevic 88′), McArthur, Townsend; Zaha, Ayew (Batshuayi 81′).

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1,431 Comments Post a Comment
  1. SHOWSTOPPERRR
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 3 days ago

    Any chance bale will feature today?

    1. Holmes
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      Doubt it

    2. Collie01
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      No chance

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

      No chance

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

      lol

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

      Depends if he renewed his London's golf clubs memberships.

    6. Steve The Spud
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 3 days ago

      No way, he’s just tee’d off apparently

  2. Old Man
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 3 days ago

    Can't fault his predatory instincts but DCL has been very lucky over these first couple of weeks. That last goal summed it up perfectly.

    1. HODGE
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      Guess you don't own him lol

      1. Old Man
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 3 days ago

        Absolutely, but even if I did own him I woould be saying the same. I do, however, expect him to continue to get goals in a similar manner - a 6 yard box specialist.

      2. Old Man
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 3 days ago

        (I didn't pick him because I had him for the last 9 weeks of last season. The scars still hurt.)

    2. Hotdogs for Tea
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      he has been working at getting in the right place at the right time - if he is in the six yard box with the number of balls Everton are putting in there he will get goals and assists

      1. Giggs Boson
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 3 days ago

        Yep, for sure. He's quick, he's strong in the air, he's hard-working - he will get chances. Ancelotti was comparing him to Inzaghi yesterday, describing the way he's now shooting with one-touch.

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

      I was quite critical of DCLs finishing saying it was quite poor but it seems he is looking like a fox in the box poacher with tap ins

    4. lilmessipran
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      That's how he scores most of his goals really, and with good quality supply he should continue scoring at a decent rate.

      P.s. - I don't own him yet

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

      I'm just scared he'll do an Ings and ruin my season.

  3. Flair
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    1 month, 3 days ago

    Digne at LW in average position, very promising.

    1. Qaiss
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      could and maybe should have had a goal and assist yesterday at least

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

        If only Richarlison could finish.

    2. HODGE
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      Good option

    3. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      but i'd worry if the team was conceding 2 goals at home to west brom

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

        Livp conceded 3 at home to leeds
        yet appar Taa is a MUST

      2. Flair
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        1 month, 3 days ago

        Two wondergoals, conceded an xGA of 0.32. They won't be elite at the back but it's promising.

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

      That crossbar yesterday still hurts me as an owner.
      You need lady luck on your side in this game, those who say otherwise are blind.

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

        Yeah. Those who say otherwise are foolish imo. Lady Luck plays a part in about 50% of this game

      2. Giggs Boson
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 3 days ago

        In the short-term for sure.

        But if you continuously play the odds over the whole season, things should fall more in your favour than against.

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

      Indeed

    6. Stormbringer22
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 3 days ago

      Digne an excellent option. Should have jumped on that train earlier but got Hames in last week so still good. Digne + one of the forwards is the way to go I think

  4. bigwig
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 3 days ago

    DCL's hattie was kinda jammie yesterday. Are James and Rich better FPL options? Shame Rich isn't still a Mid, not sure that re-classification correct if Rash and Auba are now mids

    1. HODGE
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      All good options

    2. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      richarlison looks much more dangerous and involved but he is also more expensive.

    3. Snooze ya lose
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      Could well be. Got dcl but considering janes too

    4. Stormbringer22
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 3 days ago

      That's just it though - most of DCL's goals will be "jammy" as that's the style of play Carlo has imposed on him - one touch goals by being there at the right place and time. As such, I don't think you can count them as jammy. He will poach a lot more goals like that until the end of the campaign.

      1. Houldsworth Hatter
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 3 days ago

        Getting in the right place at the right time is good forward play not jammy.

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

      All good options but I would go with DCL over Rich and use the money elsewhere. Seems like there will be lots of balls coming into the box and DCL will get a chance for tap ins

    6. Limited & Mediocre Mana…
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      Nah get DCL

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

    Ramsdale
    Taa Robbo Reece kwp
    Auba Salah son asm
    Werner che

    4 0 bissouma Davies Ferguson.. 2 Ft 0 itb which looks better

    A Taa + Auba + asm to Saiss + kdb + 8.5 mid, -4 hit
    B Auba + Asm to kdb + Podence/klich
    C any other?

    1. Stormbringer22
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 3 days ago

      I would do B with Podence

    2. HODGE
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      C

      1. HODGE
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 3 days ago

        Ditch Che there are better options

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

      I would do something with Auba, Son and Adams

  6. Stormbringer22
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 3 days ago

    Morning, chaps. Would you WC this lot to add some more Everton/Wolves/City/Salah, etc.

    McCarthy* - 4.0
    TAA - Saiss - Davies* - KWP* - Mitchell
    Auba* - Bruno - Hames - Kai* - ASM*
    Werner - Mitro* - Davis

    If I don't WC, I have Auba 》Raz/KDB lined up like everyone else. What do you think - WC time or hold?

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

      i would yes

    2. HODGE
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      I would yes

    3. lilmessipran
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      Hold wc..maybe Auba + Davies/asm to kdb + james/Podence for a -4 should be fine

    4. Snooze ya lose
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      Yes

    5. Stormbringer22
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 3 days ago

      Cheers all! Will have a think about it

  7. The Mighty Whites
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 3 days ago

    Would you WC this? 1FT, 0.1 ITB

    McCarthy, Button

    TAA, Davies, Ayling, Justin, Mitchell

    Salah, Aubameyang, Rodriguez, ASM, Bissouma

    Werner, Ings, Mitrovic

    1. Snooze ya lose
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      No. Perhaps a 4pt hit at most

  8. ididnt
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 3 days ago

    Season over for me realistically already. 70 points from 2 games. Transferred in Digne and Martial for a hit for Kane and Davies. Most rivals had DCL or Mitro. Gutted

    1. Chandler Bing
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      I scored 30 points in GW1. Wildcarded and already have 43 with 5 to go. Lot of time to recover mate 🙂 Consider WCing. It's a real stress reliever.

      1. ididnt
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 3 days ago

        Much earlier than I’d normally do it but I think I will!

    2. Steve The Spud
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 3 days ago

      Surely if it’s swung in 2 games it could easily swing back in another 3-5 ?

    3. HODGE
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      70 points isn't that bad

  9. Qaiss
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 3 days ago

    Well it looks like I have brought in KDB way too early and he isn't going to rise in price 😀

    Better hope Coady and co aren't up for a scrap on Monday

    1. Snooze ya lose
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      I jumped on him too. Best player in league tho so stay positive!

      1. Qaiss
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 3 days ago

        Yeah he is and I would have got him in anyway. Just don't want him to get clattered tomorrow lol

  10. Hotdogs for Tea
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 3 days ago

    can’t access Members Tools on my iphone ... what’s that all about ? ;(

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

      I looked at JRod stats and in one spot it didn't show updated minutes for him...

      1. Hotdogs for Tea
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 3 days ago

        I can’t even get in to the Members Area !

        1. Rotation's Alter Ego
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 3 days ago

          What do you mean you can't get in?

          Like your login won't work?

          1. Hotdogs for Tea
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 3 days ago

            like i tap on Comparison Tool or any other link and nothing happens ... the Menu just folds back up

            1. Rotation's Alter Ego
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • Has Moderation Rights
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 3 days ago

              That was a problem back on Friday I think, but I thought it was fixed - certainly fine for me.

              Are you on Android or iOS?

              Wondering if it's a cache issue, if you open scout on an incognito session or something does the sidebar work better?

              1. Hotdogs for Tea
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 3 days ago

                ios ... logged out and back in, didn’t help

          2. Hotdogs for Tea
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 3 days ago

            logged in ok

          3. Hotdogs for Tea
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 3 days ago

            maybe my Membership is not registered ?

    2. Snooze ya lose
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      Predicted line ups not working for me

  11. Chilli Heatwave
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 3 days ago

    Bruno and mitro or Rodriguez and DCL

    1. Snooze ya lose
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      B all day

  12. RamboRN
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 3 days ago

    On WC

    Mccarthy
    TAA saiss Taylor
    Salah KDB jayrod ** podence
    Werner *** ***

    Subs steer, Mitchell, Bernardo

    A. Zaha, richarlison, brewster
    B. Zaha, Jimenez, brewster
    C. Chelsea mid, Dcl, brewster
    D. Soucek, Jimenez, DCL

    1. what's my name
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      i like B

      1. HODGE
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 3 days ago

        B

  13. what's my name
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 3 days ago

    RMTWC
    Martinez/Nyland
    TAA, Saiss, James, Mitchell, Bernardo
    Salah, KDB, Podence, Zaha, Biss
    Werner, DCL, Jim

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

    Going to do Auba-> KDB (or possibly Sterling who I expect to do very well).

    Anything else standing out? For example-
    1. Save.
    2. Shaw- Saiss.
    3. ASM- Klich/Podence.
    4. Salah- Sterling.
    5. Adams- Brewster/Wilson.

    McCarthy.
    Shaw, TAA, Ayling.
    Auba, Salah, Son ASM.
    Werner, DCL, Adams.
    Button, Bissouma, Mitchell, Justin.
    2ft, 0.5m ITB.

    1. Snooze ya lose
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      If free 5 Wilson

  15. HODGE
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 3 days ago

    With Aguerp out feel that makes Sterling a better option and am considering him over kdb.
    Which one?
    A)KDB
    B)sterling

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

      tough. KgB prob on penalties

    2. Snooze ya lose
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      I went kdb

    3. Hotdogs for Tea
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      Jesus is the natural choice ?

      1. HODGE
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 3 days ago

        He is a good option but feel pep will sub him after 60/70 mins and put sterling up top

        1. Hotdogs for Tea
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 3 days ago

          same could be said for any player, Pep lottery

    4. tokara
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      Like sterling because he is cap-able.

    5. Whats the Huth
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      Same here. I’m leaning towards sterling

  16. unitednations
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 3 days ago

    Not sure what to do here

    McCarthy*
    Taa Lamptey(mun) Ayling* —Ayling Vinagre*
    Salah Auba James ASM(tot)* — Bissouma
    Werner Martial* Mitrovic

    *players I don’t like in my team

    A: Auba >> Kdb
    B: Auba + ASM >> Kdb + Podence (-4)
    C: Auba + Vinagre >> Kdb + 4.5m (-4)...and then bench lamptey (mun)
    D: something else w

    1. Snooze ya lose
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      A

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

      Ayling named twice

  17. Hryszko
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 3 days ago

    Toying with two WC teams, one includes DCL.. the other doesn't, which would you prefer?

    A: (0.1m itb)
    Guaita (Steer)
    Trent - Saiss - RJames (Justin & Mitchell)
    Salah - KDB - Klich - JRod (Bissouma)
    Bamford - Werner - Jimmy

    B: (0.0m itb)
    Martinez (Steer)
    Robbo - Saiss - Justin (Ayling & Mitchell)
    Salah - KDB - JRod - Klich (Bissouma)
    Werner - Jimmy - DCL

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

      B

    2. HODGE
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      A but it's close

    3. Hotdogs for Tea
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      You mean ...

      A: (0.1m itb)
      Guaita
      Trent - RJames
      Bamford

      B: (0.0m itb)
      Martinez
      Robbo - Ayling
      DCL

      B probably

  18. Thia6o
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 3 days ago

    Thoughts here on my W/C team

    Guaita
    TAA Saiss James
    Salah JzRod Zaha KDB
    Bamford DCL Mitro

    Steer/Justin/Mitchell/Klich

    1. Thia6o
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      3,0 in the ITB if i wanted to do Rodz>Fernandes or other transfer?

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

      Don't like Bamford & Mitro tbh.

      1. Thia6o
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 3 days ago

        Thats cool, I ws purely looking at fixtures rather than names.

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

    First WC draft

    Martinez
    TAA Saiss Lamptey
    Salah KDB Rodriguez Podence
    Werner Jimenez DCL

    (4.0 Bissouma Mitchell 4.0)
    0.3m

    I probably need another 4.5m def for cover but not sure where to downgrade.

    Considering Salah to Sterling & J.Rod to Zaha to free up 0.5-1m.

    Thoughts?

    1. Thia6o
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      Nice team! I think Phillips could replace Podence imho and that would leave you another 0.5 mill.

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

        Podence is becoming a non negotiable for me looking at Wolves fixtures & Jota gone.

    2. Chandler Bing
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      Very good team especially is Podence is nailed. I'd probably consider upgrading the 5th 4.0 into a 4.5 for rotation with Lamptey.

      1. Thia6o
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 3 days ago

        Advise above?

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

        Yes problem is I'm not sure where to downgrade. Hopefully I can earn 0.2m on wildcard somehow to make that upgrade but looks tough.

  20. Collie01
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 3 days ago

    A Son goal would feel like much more than 5pts for me today. It would somewhat justify lots of my decisions this week including selling McCarthy, benching KWP and keeping Son. It would make me happier about keeping Son going forward and help recoup some ground lost to Hamez owners. Have a gut feeling Son will have chances vs a high line so it's always nice if following a gut feeling pays off. A Spurs CS would be the icing on the cake actually.

    What are your main realistic hopes for today?

    1. Whats the Huth
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      I’m hoping for a Son haul too. I would like to keep him for the Newcastle game

      1. Collie01
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 3 days ago

        I think I will be keeping for the Newcastle game regardless due to other positions needing more urgent attention. Hopefully Son does well today

    2. Steve The Spud
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 3 days ago

      A spurs cleanie would be nice but I also own Adams so either an adams goal or a spurs shut out would be fine by me

    3. Free Hat
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 3 days ago

      Something from Son and Davies would be great indeed. A bit rewarding for holding of the man utd, eve transfers after gw1.

  21. Whits
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 3 days ago

    Pick one:

    A. DCL and Rodriguez
    B. DCL and Digne
    C. Rodriguez and Digne

    1. Whats the Huth
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      Richarlison and Rodriguez

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

      A

    3. what's my name
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      A

  22. AC Yew
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 3 days ago

    Looking to bring in one Chelsea player. Who would be your choice and why?

    1. Whats the Huth
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      James

      1. AC Yew
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 3 days ago

        Could do Davies to James

    2. Collie01
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      Werner and James probably the standouts at the moment.

    3. HODGE
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      Werner

    4. Duffy Dunk
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      Their best performing attacker from today's game.

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

      Werner

  23. Whats the Huth
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 3 days ago

    Wish City was playing today.

    Sterling or KDB.

    I’m leading towards Sterling

  24. RamaJama
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 3 days ago

    Who would you have?

    A) Van De Beek
    B) Greenwood
    C) Zaha

    1. HODGE
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      I would prefer James or grealish but from those Greenwood

    2. Ajax Hamsterdam
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      zaha

    3. Peter Ouch
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      C

    4. It’s gonna Ben Mee
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      C (I have Greenwood)

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

      Zaha OOP

  25. It’s gonna Ben Mee
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 3 days ago

    What defender should I transfer in?

    A) Digne
    B) Saïss
    C) James

    1. HODGE
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      A

    2. RamaJama
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      B

    3. It’s gonna Ben Mee
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      Rest of defence is McCarthy, TAA, Holding, Lamptey and Justin.

      1. HODGE
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 3 days ago

        A has the higher ceiling and feel Everton with no Europe will have a great season.

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

          Pickford in goals and will have a high probability of conceding

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

      B - good fixtures coming up

      1. It’s gonna Ben Mee
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 3 days ago

        They’re juicy aren’t they

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

          No cup games or Europa either in between league games

    5. Whats the Huth
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      C

      1. HODGE
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 3 days ago

        Kepa

    6. Duffy Dunk
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      B. Trusting WOL defence more than EVE & CHE.

  26. Gaffa914
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 3 days ago

    Got the exact money to do Vassilev and Auba to James and Jesus. Would mean changing formation from a 3-5-2 to a 3-4-3. Thoughts?

    1. It’s gonna Ben Mee
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      Do it

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

      I would prefer going with KDB or sterling than Jesus

    3. Chandler Bing
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      Makes complete sense imo. Good moves. Though I'd perhaps consider Werner or Jimenez instead of Jesus.

    4. HODGE
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      Sounds good

    5. Gregor
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      Tidy.

  27. Jay Jay Okocha
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 3 days ago

    Tinkering with a WC draft...

    Martinez Steer
    Saiss James Justin KWP Mitchell
    Salah Sterling Hamez Podence Bissouma
    Werner Jesus Jimenez

    Jesus + KWP to 6.5 fwd + TAA whenever Aguero is fit. Am I crazy?

    1. HODGE
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      No flexibility in defence with no money in it ditch Jesus to dcl and upgrade

      1. Jay Jay Okocha
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 3 days ago

        Not interested in DCL, but point taken

  28. Vazza
      1 month, 3 days ago

      Who is currently the most essential player in FPL?

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

        Salah

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

          Hope so, captained him again

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

            Wish I did the same after going with Auba

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

        no player essential and a bit early to say but some emergent value players and potential season keepers to structure a team around

        GK: None
        DEF: Many of the 5s but in particular Saiss, James
        MID: 7.5 - JRod, 7 - OOP Zaha 5.5 - Podence, Doucoure, Klich, 5 - Soucek, high expectations for Pulisic (8.4) as well
        FWD: DCL@7 looks the standout but also Wilson/Antonio/Mitro/Adams/Bamfordinho offer good prospects for the price.

        the premiums - TAA, Salah, Sterling, KdB etc yes they are essential in some senses but most teams will have these players, the trick is getting the value players correc

        1. Vazza
            1 month, 3 days ago

            Wow! That’s great - I really appreciate your help on this. Hope you have a great season ahead.

      3. Big Weng
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 3 days ago

        Do I need to WC?

        McCarthy | Button

        Justin | TAA | KWP | Davies | Saiss

        Auba | Bissouma | Salah | Asm | Son

        Werner | Mitro | Wilson

        1FT 0Mil in the bank

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

          No - 4 should be enough

        2. HODGE
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 3 days ago

          Definitely not

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

          Wait to see how rest of squad does this GW

      4. Ginola
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        1 month, 3 days ago

        Hate myself for bringing in Martial for Ings for -4 last week. Should at least give him 1 more week vs Brighton right instead of doing another -4 for DCL/Jiménez?

        1. SHOWSTOPPERRR
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 3 days ago

          It's just one game..we were poor on the whole as a result Martial didn't get any services..Will come good I believe..