Pro Pundits - Simon

The House’s Money: Why maintaining a good start to the FPL season is so difficult

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times …it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair.”

  • Charles Dickens, ‘A Tale of Two Cities’.

Dickens may not have been speaking specifically about the opening Gameweeks of an FPL season (we’ll never know for sure) but his words are, nonetheless, fairly appropriate. While it has, indeed, been a tale of two Gameweeks thus far, there will be some who have done far, far better than others.

I love the start of a new FPL campaign as much as the next Fantasy manager but, I have to admit, it’s also among the most challenging parts to navigate successfully. Not only are we operating with very little information, but many of us also have to deal with the fact that some mini-league rivals have, somehow, already opened up what might appear to be unassailable leads.

Of course, this is the part of the season where we regularly preach patience and encourage people to avoid panic-driven decisions that they might later regret. Phrases like ‘it’s a marathon, not a sprint’ are commonplace on FPL forums and we might also comfort ourselves with our vague childhood memories of a story about a race between a tortoise and a hare.

This article, however, will focus on why those people who have shot to the front probably won’t stay there, and why those chasing shouldn’t panic, yet.

The House Money Effect

Gamblers and investors, in particular, may be familiar with the ‘House Money Effect’, a cognitive bias first popularised by Nobel Prize-winning economist Richard Thaler. 

Essentially, the House Money Effect draws off the principles of ‘mental accounting’; the idea that we categorise money and expenditures into different accounts in our mind, and we evaluate outcomes in relation to these. 

So, for example, we might have mental accounts such as ‘beer money’, ‘college funds’ or ‘holiday money.’

The House Money Effect often occurs when we receive money in an atypical manner. For example; winning a bet, receiving a bonus or profiting from an investment. 

Behavioural psychologists have observed that people take far greater risks with such sums than they would with their savings or regular earnings. They also find that people also tend to be more generous with such windfalls than they might otherwise be.

The proposed reason for this phenomenon is that, psychologically, people don’t perceive these sums to really be their money, it goes into a completely different mental account to money earned in the normal way. It’s the casinos or ‘the house’s money’ and, thus, we tend to treat it that way. At best, we make more money from the risks we take with it. And at worst, we end up with our original stake, no better or worse off than we were before and, because we think we’ll be okay with either outcome, we’re inclined to treat it as fun money.

I would argue that, due to their windfall of FPL points, Fantasy managers who do very well in the opening few Gameweeks are substantially more at risk of succumbing to the House Money Effect than normal. 

This might translate into them spending some of those points via hits, making riskier transfers, making transfers when it might have been objectively more sensible to save them or simply being less rigorous in their selections, captaincy or transfer decisions. 

Now, this isn’t to say that high-flying managers simply got there by luck, much in same as an investor doesn’t profit entirely by luck, it’s simply stating that, due to this cognitive bias, the extra points they have scored may seem like ‘house money’ to them, and they’re likely to be more inclined to risk them as a result. 

Essentially; if they blow their lead, they’re no worse off than their competitors and this, mentally, becomes their baseline.

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

There is some evidence that may support this having already occurred too. Between Gameweeks 1 and 2, the average number of points spent on transfers via hits by FPL managers was 2.28 points overall but, among the Top 10k, this rose almost 20% to 2.72. 

Rationally-speaking, the Top 10k should have had less cause to make any transfers, let alone take hits, based on Gameweek 1 but, instead, they made more transfers and spent more points on them. 

The Top 10k also scored fewer gross points on average than the overall (53.27 vs 59.55). Naturally, in a single gameweek, this could simply be luck, but it could also be a result of less rigorous decision-making caused by the House Money Effect.

So, for those chasing, the key lessons from this are to not panic, to not make the same mistakes that the people above you probably will, and to take advantage of these mistakes to close the gap. That means avoiding hits, risky captaincies and panic moves like Wildcarding unnecessarily. 

It is worth bearing in mind that many of those who held firm with their Gameweek 1 squad profited as a result in Gameweek 2. As Guns ‘n’ Roses singer Axl Rose once said, “All we need is a little patience” though, again, it’s unclear whether he was talking about FPL specifically.

Naturally, there is also a fairly obvious lesson in all of this for those FPL managers who are doing really well after two Gameweeks, which I suppose I could spell out, but, honestly, who really wants to help those people anyway?

My Gameweek 3 Team


Former Fantasy Premier League world champion and four-time finisher in the top 7k Simon March gives us the lowdown on his thinking for the new campaign.

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  1. wildnothing
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    24 days, 23 hours ago

    How about this WC team?

    Martinez Steer
    VVD Saiss Lamptey KWP Dunne
    Salah KDB Barnes Podence 4.5
    Werner Jesus DCL

    1. nerd_is_the_werd
      • 1 Year
      24 days, 23 hours ago

      Looks pretty good.

    2. Taff
      • 11 Years
      24 days, 23 hours ago

      What’s your thinking for Barnes over Zaha?

      1. wildnothing
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        24 days, 23 hours ago

        Yeah that is very tough. Been thinking about it too. Zaha may be on pens but Barnes have looked great and have some really nice fixtures coming up.

      2. Brosstan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        24 days, 23 hours ago

        A question only a non member would ask 😉

    3. Twisted Saltergater
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      24 days, 23 hours ago

      Jimenez's fixtures though... maybe Foden in midfield?

      1. wildnothing
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        24 days, 23 hours ago

        Yes maybe DCL to Mitro and Podence to Foden.

  2. Taff
    • 11 Years
    24 days, 23 hours ago

    Robbo + James or
    TAA + Taylor?

    1. COLLIN QUANER
      • 4 Years
      24 days, 23 hours ago

      1st one

      1. Taff
        • 11 Years
        24 days, 23 hours ago

        Yup. That’s the way I’m leaning. Seems to be getting forward more this term.

    2. Twisted Saltergater
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      24 days, 23 hours ago

      Robbo + James

  3. Balls in Behind
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    24 days, 23 hours ago

    Is it worth losing TAA for VVD in order to get this front line...?

    Salah KDB Son Havertz Podence
    Jimenez DCL (Brewster)

    Its tempting me..

    1. Twisted Saltergater
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      24 days, 23 hours ago

      Havertz doesn't cover Werner, imo. Especially with Southampton up in a couple of weeks.

      1. Balls in Behind
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        24 days, 23 hours ago

        Getting TAA and Werner in for DCL & VVD does stretch the rest of the team though. Hard to get everyone!

        1. Twisted Saltergater
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          24 days, 23 hours ago

          it certainly is!

    2. Taff
      • 11 Years
      24 days, 23 hours ago

      Reveal the rest of the defence

      1. Balls in Behind
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        24 days, 23 hours ago

        VVD Saiss James Lamptey/Justin Mitchell

  4. Kay317
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    24 days, 23 hours ago

    Any feedback or suggestions on this WC team much appreciated;

    Martinez (Steer)
    TAA, Saiss, James, Mitchell, Cooper
    Salah, KDB, Son, Podence, Foden,
    Werner, DCL, Brewster

    Have come up with loads of teams but keep coming back to the need for Son and Werner. Massive downside is Brewster and I'm 0.1 short of Cooper to Lamptey which would have been nicer.

    Any advice appreciated.

    1. Taff
      • 11 Years
      24 days, 22 hours ago

      Don’t fancy Podence and Foden in the same team, especially with Brewster. You could have a stinker if Podence loses minutes at the same time Foden gets rotated.

      1. Kay317
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        24 days, 22 hours ago

        Very good point. I may have to rethink Son or Werner, spread the cash a little more.

        1. Taff
          • 11 Years
          24 days, 22 hours ago

          I’ve tried to get Son and Werner into a KDB, Salah + Liv defender team and it just doesn’t work. You’re always one player short.

          1. Kay317
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            24 days, 22 hours ago

            Who'd you drop then? Think Chelsea are a more attacking side so maybe drop Son..but scares me to drop any of them

          2. Jake.l_8
            • 3 Years
            24 days, 22 hours ago

            I've got

            Martinez
            TAA - Saiss - James - Lamptey
            Salah - Podence - KDB - Son
            Jimmy - Werner

            Bench is quite weak though

      2. The Dance
        • 9 Years
        24 days, 22 hours ago

        isnt that what free transfers are for though?

  5. Rondon9
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    24 days, 23 hours ago

    Any ideas with my WC team?

    Martinez 4m
    TAA James Saiss Lamptey Mitchell
    Salah KDB Son Podence 4.5m
    Werner Wood DCL

    Thanks

    1. Purse83
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      24 days, 23 hours ago

      Nice team, only thoughts are:

      1) Wood over Foden?

      2) Son over Werner?

      1. Rondon9
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        24 days, 22 hours ago

        Look again 😀

        I prefer Wood over Foden, but might be wrong

    2. Kay317
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      24 days, 23 hours ago

      See above. Mines very similar but I've gone Foden over Wood.
      I like it, advantage of wood over Foden I guess is that you can get a 4.5 mil playing mid.

      1. Rondon9
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        24 days, 22 hours ago

        Cheers mate

    3. Visionaries
      • 4 Years
      24 days, 23 hours ago

      Scary going without Jiminez I bet

      1. Rondon9
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        24 days, 22 hours ago

        Is it really? Jimenez not many hauls in him

    4. Ask Yourself
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      24 days, 23 hours ago

      Well yeah, you’ve got Salah

      1. Rondon9
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        24 days, 22 hours ago

        What? 😛

  6. Purse83
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    24 days, 23 hours ago

    As we know, can’t have them all!

    Question is - Son or Werner?

    Have TAA, KdB, Salah, DCL, and Jimi locked in.

    1. Scots Gooner
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      24 days, 22 hours ago

      I'd go Son.

      Werners next fixture looks good, but Son's got a decent 4 or 5 coming up. In better form and more points pre goal too.

    2. Twisted Saltergater
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      24 days, 22 hours ago

      I prefer Werner. West Brom and Southampton in his next 3.

  7. Riggs
    • 2 Years
    24 days, 23 hours ago

    Foden or Zaha and TAA or Robbo?

    1. Purse83
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      24 days, 23 hours ago

      Foden and TAA for me (I’m going with both of those)

    2. Kay317
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      24 days, 23 hours ago

      Foden and Trent

  8. Twisted Saltergater
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    24 days, 23 hours ago

    Why are people looking at Salah's fixtures? Have you seen what they're handing out penalties for this season? Fixtures will be meaningless for the likes of Salah, KdB and probably Bruno (if he's not handing them to Rashford).

    1. COK3Y5MURF
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      24 days, 22 hours ago

      By this season, you mean two gameweeks. We don't really know if it's going to continue this way yet. But even if it does, that would be an awfully boring way to play the game. What do you suggest, that everyone keeps Salah, KDB, and Bruno all season expecting a penalty every game regardless of fixtures? No one benefits then anyway.

      1. Twisted Saltergater
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        24 days, 22 hours ago

        There's been a couple of great posts on the impact of FIFA's control of VAR on their domestic leagues. I think it was discussed on FPL Blackbox the other night too.

        And yes, that is what I suggest. I don't make the rules, but you don't ignore a factor of the game that is OP if you want to do well in it.

        1. COK3Y5MURF
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          24 days, 22 hours ago

          I watched it.

          Salah blanked last week. As did Bruno. Mane hauled. Son hauled. Both not on penalties.

          Salah has scored 3 penalties in each of the last 2 seasons. They have helped him equal his goal tally with Mane in both seasons because Mane scored more from open play. Does he get more penalties this year? Perhaps. What would be your estimated number? There is still room to climb without sticking to only penalty takers, but there is certainly almost no room to climb if everyone picks them.

          1. COK3Y5MURF
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            24 days, 22 hours ago

            DCL another one that hauled without penalties.

            1. Twisted Saltergater
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 11 Years
              24 days, 22 hours ago

              I think you're drawing the wrong conclusion. Players will still haul - Son, DCL - but penalty taking players will have bad performances supported by penalties awarded to them. Captaincy candidates with penalties will hardly ever fail, is my fear.

          2. Twisted Saltergater
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            24 days, 22 hours ago

            Like you say, it's only been 2 gameweeks. Let's count the number of penalties in a few more weeks.

            FPL have messed up with Salah and KdB's price, imo. It's crazy that Mane is the same price. All penalty takers should be 0.5 - 1m more expensive.

            1. COK3Y5MURF
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              24 days, 22 hours ago

              Not going to get into that again, but Salah's penalties have only got him 1 goal more than Mane in the last 2 seasons COMBINED, and even that was because he played more minutes in both seasons. The penalties have helped him score the same number of goals, not more goals, hence it's not an advantage. I wonder if anyone calling it an advantage even had a look at their goal tallies.

              The pricing was not based on a potential increase in penalties this season due to a change in rules which couldn't have been foreseen.

              1. Twisted Saltergater
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 11 Years
                24 days, 22 hours ago

                Why are you referring to last season? The rules for awarding penalties this season have been changed. There has been a rule change.

                1. COK3Y5MURF
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  24 days, 22 hours ago

                  Because pricing was based on last season. Are you honestly saying you foresaw this increase in penalties from the first 2 gameweeks before they happened? So how can you expect FPL to foresee it?

                  1. Twisted Saltergater
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 11 Years
                    24 days, 22 hours ago

                    July 2020 - Shareholders unanimously approved the implementation of VAR, in line with the full FIFA VAR protocol.

                    https://www.premierleague.com/news/1749286

                    Remind me when the FPL player prices came out?

                    1. COK3Y5MURF
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 4 Years
                      24 days, 22 hours ago

                      Interestingly, none of the 5 key areas mentioned include handballs which is what most of the stupid penalties came from.

                      Either way, the only one who knows if you foresaw this or not is you 🙂 If you had posted when FPL prices came out that there would be an increase in penalties this season and they needed to price players accordingly, there would've been some substance to this. Anyone can say it now. I certainly didn't see anyone foresee this here or in any pods, etc. So can't blame FPL personally.

                      1. Twisted Saltergater
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 11 Years
                        24 days, 21 hours ago

                        the price of the penalty takers by FPL isn't even my main point, and I definitely didn't know about the increase in penalties as a consequence of this change! I'm not trying to appear clever 🙂

                        I'm just trying to point out that playing FPL without Salah and KdB this year will be a more difficult ask than in previous years. Genuinely, that's all. I wish FPL had priced them higher but they were probably unaware of the FIFA VAR protocol impact also.

                      2. COK3Y5MURF
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 4 Years
                        24 days, 21 hours ago

                        And that's fair. We pretty much agree then.

              2. Dino
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 11 Years
                24 days, 21 hours ago

                Salah missed out on some pens due to milners presence but he's unlikely to play much this season. Also Liverpool could easily get between the 11 pens city got and 16 or whatever utd got Lewis season. Going without Salah or going mane over Salah with that risk hanging there is banana's

  9. Ask Yourself
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    24 days, 23 hours ago

    Omg no wait I might be able to do this omg

    Martínez Steer
    Robbo James Saiss Lamptey Mitchell
    KDB Son Havertz Foden Stephens
    Jesus Jimmy Ings

    1. Twisted Saltergater
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      24 days, 23 hours ago

      well yeah, but you haven't got Salah.

      1. Ask Yourself
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        24 days, 23 hours ago

        I knowwwwwww but I don’t want him yettttttttttt dadddddddd

    2. Bluerunner205
      • 2 Years
      24 days, 22 hours ago

      Maybe Burke over Stephens as potential to play oop striker for sheffield?

      1. Ask Yourself
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        24 days, 22 hours ago

        The team relies on a 4.5m mid dropping to 4.4. Only he and Gordon have a chance of doing that so out of those two I think Stephens is more likely to play

    3. Drizz ✅
      • 8 Years
      24 days, 22 hours ago

      Too much city

      1. Ask Yourself
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        24 days, 22 hours ago

        Wrong

    4. El Lobito 10
      • 3 Years
      24 days, 22 hours ago

      You’re a bit sensitive to feedback that isn’t praise aren’t you lol

      1. Ask Yourself
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        24 days, 22 hours ago

        It’s probably the childhood trauma

        1. El Lobito 10
          • 3 Years
          24 days, 22 hours ago

          That’ll do it for sure

  10. Samwise
    • 1 Year
    24 days, 23 hours ago

    do you think fodder will play regularly?

    1. Samwise
      • 1 Year
      24 days, 23 hours ago

      foden

    2. Visionaries
      • 4 Years
      24 days, 23 hours ago

      I'm not risking it personally

    3. Snevitz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      24 days, 23 hours ago

      I'd guess about 3 in 5, I'm desperately hoping he doesn't make cameos in the others.

      1. Samwise
        • 1 Year
        24 days, 23 hours ago

        the cameos are what I am worried about,

        1. Scots Gooner
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          24 days, 22 hours ago

          Even with the cameos, he could still be good value at 6.5. He's fairly explosive, so if he performs in those 3 out of 5 games, he's still outscoring similarly priced players.

    4. Brosstan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      24 days, 22 hours ago

      Depends on if you pick someone like Burke or someone like Alzate

    5. El Lobito 10
      • 3 Years
      24 days, 22 hours ago

      Yes

  11. Visionaries
    • 4 Years
    24 days, 23 hours ago

    Martinez, Steer
    Saiss, Justin, Mitchell, Taylor, _____
    Salah, KDB, Son, _____, _____
    DCL, Davis, Jim

    A Robbo, Pod, Zaha/Green,
    B VVD, Zaha, Barnes
    C Taa, Pod, Barnes/Zaha
    D Lamp, Pod, Werner instead of Davis

  12. Snevitz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    24 days, 23 hours ago

    All set after a week of deliberation:

    Martinez, Forster
    TAA, Robertson, Saiss, James, Lamptey
    KDB, Son, Foden, Podence, Anguissa
    Werner, Jimenez, DCL

    I spent most of the week with no Liverpool defenders but after running a some points projections there really is no beating the double up for expected points.

    1. Ask Yourself
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      24 days, 23 hours ago

      Well yeah, but you haven’t got Salah

    2. Herman Toothrot
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      24 days, 23 hours ago

      You'd want to play 4 at the back most weeks. Benching headache

      1. Snevitz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        24 days, 22 hours ago

        Can you really say its a headache when people are panicking about Son, KDB and Foden not playing this weekend?
        Line them up in order of expected points and don't worry about benching the odd point or two.

    3. Purse83
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      24 days, 23 hours ago

      Genuinely thought you’d spent £200m then realised no Salah...amazing what you can do when you drop a Liverpool attacker for defender!

      I couldn’t do it, have the fear!

      1. Brosstan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        24 days, 22 hours ago

        200m with that midfield? Personally think that team looks lackluster especially considering Salah isnt in there.

      2. Snevitz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        24 days, 22 hours ago

        KDB is my captain with the occasional Son captaincy when KDB is away with a bad fixture. Salah would have to average about 10 points a game to be good value without captaincy.
        I'm getting him week 12 if the plan doesn't change too much

    4. Twisted Saltergater
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      24 days, 22 hours ago

      Do you think Son + Robertson outscore Salah + Mitchell (with Mitchell benched so you can play TAA, Saiss and James as your back 3).

      1. Purse83
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        24 days, 22 hours ago

        Good point - I went the Salah route.

        Other coin toss is Werner or Son which I’m struggling with.

      2. Snevitz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        24 days, 22 hours ago

        Yes I do which is why I've gone for this set up. I think Son will average around 6 points per game and Salah about 7.5 over the season.
        With Son's excellent fixtures, a 4 way rotation of James, Saiss, Podence and DCL where I bench the one with the lowest projected points and the fact that I have great cover for when Foden etc miss a game I prefer this set up.

    5. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      24 days, 22 hours ago

      This team is much stronger than the ones you built before. I like it. You're betting against Salah but have double Pool defense. If you think they really will do as well as in past seasons, then it can work really well.

      1. Snevitz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        24 days, 22 hours ago

        Thanks, you won't approve when I say that the transfers I have my eye on for the next couple of weeks are Werner to Ings and Lamprey to Castagne!

    6. Phil's Stamps
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      24 days, 22 hours ago

      I have almost the exact same squad but Mitchell and Soucek where you have James and Anguissa. Would you not prefer the extra 0.5+ ITB and less benching headaches? Soucek could also become Klich giving a solid bencher alongside Lamptey.

  13. Samwise
    • 1 Year
    24 days, 23 hours ago

    mitrovic and fodder ?
    or
    fodder and fodder?

    1. Herman Toothrot
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      24 days, 23 hours ago

      Proof read.

      1. Samwise
        • 1 Year
        24 days, 22 hours ago

        foden and fodder... auto correct

  14. UnitedFan
    • 5 Years
    24 days, 23 hours ago

    What's wrong with KDB? Or are people messing around?

    1. Samwise
      • 1 Year
      24 days, 23 hours ago

      KGB?

    2. Seanigula
      • 11 Years
      24 days, 22 hours ago

      He was injured in the 90’ minute today, got treatment for a while, finished the remaining few minutes...unknown if there are lasting effects

  15. W
    • 7 Years
    24 days, 22 hours ago

    Just seen Suarez goal/assist record at Barca:
    Games 283
    Goals 198
    Assists 109

    That's insane

  16. Totti
    • 4 Years
    24 days, 22 hours ago

    did KDB get a head injury?
    didn't watch the match but one of my friends said so

    1. Drizz ✅
      • 8 Years
      24 days, 22 hours ago

      Should be fine

      1. Totti
        • 4 Years
        24 days, 22 hours ago

        thanks pal 🙂

    2. Brosstan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      24 days, 22 hours ago

      Your friend probably reads FFS

      1. Totti
        • 4 Years
        24 days, 22 hours ago

        dunn know mate 🙂

  17. mikess
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    24 days, 22 hours ago

    On wildcard, appreciate your thoughts...

    Martinez, Steer
    Robertson, James, Saiss, Mitchell, Dunne
    Salah, KDB, Foden, Klich, Podence
    Werner, Jimenez, DCL

    1. Drizz ✅
      • 8 Years
      24 days, 22 hours ago

      6.5/10 missing spurs attack otherwise gtg

      1. mikess
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        24 days, 22 hours ago

        So Spurs attack is worth +2. They won't play Southampton each week. 4 almost identical goals has skewed the stats for sure

    2. Twisted Saltergater
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      24 days, 22 hours ago

      Maybe too much on the bench?

      1. mikess
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        24 days, 22 hours ago

        I did think that. I'd rotate Mitchell, Klich and Podence for the foreseeable. Klich with pens I think could be solid bench cover

        1. Twisted Saltergater
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          24 days, 22 hours ago

          true, it's definitely not a bad idea having Klich in reserve. I don't like his next 3 but you never know when Leeds might be awarded a penalty.

    3. Pep Roulette
      • 3 Years
      24 days, 22 hours ago

      Excellent

      1. mikess
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        24 days, 22 hours ago

        Cheers

    4. xHaTr
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      24 days, 22 hours ago

      Definitely downgraded one of Klich or Podence to a 4.5 and upgrade Dunne and then get Trent for Robbo

      1. xHaTr
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        24 days, 22 hours ago

        Otherwise great

    5. COLLIN QUANER
      • 4 Years
      24 days, 22 hours ago

      Like it. I'd possibly downgrade one of Klich/Podence for some extra cash but looks gtg

    6. Snevitz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      24 days, 22 hours ago

      I like it, good team with cover for when Foden doesn't play, three captaincy options and triple Wolves for their great fixture run.

    7. mikess
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      24 days, 22 hours ago

      Cheers all for the input

    8. dunas_dog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      24 days, 22 hours ago

      Robertson to TAA and Klich to Burke perhaps?

  18. Magic Zico
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    24 days, 22 hours ago

    VVD (play 442) or Wood (343)?

    1. Ask Yourself
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      24 days, 22 hours ago

      I know what I wood do

  19. adstomko
    • 4 Years
    24 days, 22 hours ago

    WC team. Good to go?

    Martinez
    Trent, Robbo, Semedo, Coleman
    KDB, Son, Rodríguez, Barnes
    Werner, Jimenez
    (Steer, Mitchell, Anguissa, Davis)

    1. mikess
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      24 days, 22 hours ago

      Ive toyed with double pool defence so much but Salah and pens puts me off

      1. adstomko
        • 4 Years
        24 days, 22 hours ago

        It's a tough call. Mané and Salah share so many points, so I'm tempted to go for KDB and Son, who are normally involved in everything

    2. Twisted Saltergater
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      24 days, 22 hours ago

      I like this, but... is Barnes a better pick than DCL?

  20. Taff
    • 11 Years
    24 days, 22 hours ago

    Thoughts on this WC team appreciated:

    Martinez (Forster)
    Robbo, Saiss, James (Lamptey, Mitchell)
    KDB, Salah, Son, Zaha (Bissouma)
    Jimi, DCL, Mitrovic

    1. mikess
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      24 days, 22 hours ago

      I feel Zaha will go off the boil once the window is closed. Plenty in that bracket if you want to go with him in the meantime

      1. Taff
        • 11 Years
        24 days, 22 hours ago

        Agree that’s a worry. Would get Barnes in that case

    2. COLLIN QUANER
      • 4 Years
      24 days, 22 hours ago

      Nice team mate. Possibly Barnes over Zaha, but looks good either way

  21. unitednations
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    24 days, 22 hours ago

    Any news on Vinagre/marcal injury length?

  22. HMC
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    24 days, 22 hours ago

    Couple of questions for my wildcard team.

    Is Kdb enough city cover? Could have Foden too but not a big fan
    Is it ok to not have any Chelsea for the next month? Probably get Pulisic once he’s up to speed
    Taylor and Lamptey good options to rotate with Robbo Saiss
    Currently have Martial. Keep on wc or go Jesus (with DCL) which allows easy switch to Martial if/when needed

  23. Grounderz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    24 days, 22 hours ago

    Which one?

    (1) Martin and Justin
    (2) Mendy and Dier

    1. wulfranian
      • 4 Years
      24 days, 22 hours ago

      Martin from West Ham you mean?

  24. wulfranian
    • 4 Years
    24 days, 22 hours ago

    In which games(from the next 6)do you think that Liverpool will keep a cs?

    1. HMC
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      24 days, 22 hours ago

      Could be this weekend
      Should be Sheffield United
      Maybe Villa

    2. Twisted Saltergater
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      24 days, 22 hours ago

      I think there will be less clean sheets in general this season.

  25. That Posh Bloke
    • 3 Years
    24 days, 22 hours ago

    It sounds like most people think Salah is the most vital player to have. Or is it another? I don’t see why Mane doesn’t get much love if Salah does. He nearly always scores the same amount of points and there’s not much in it.

    1. Twisted Saltergater
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      24 days, 22 hours ago

      There's been some changes to what is and isn't a penalty this year. FIFA have taken over VAR, basically.

      1. That Posh Bloke
        • 3 Years
        24 days, 22 hours ago

        So, are you saying just get as many penalty takers as possible?

        1. Twisted Saltergater
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          24 days, 22 hours ago

          Penalty takers from attacking teams, yes.

          1. That Posh Bloke
            • 3 Years
            24 days, 22 hours ago

            So that’s KdB, Salah...and Jorginho?

            1. Twisted Saltergater
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 11 Years
              24 days, 22 hours ago

              I think Jorginho drops out in Frank's preferred starting 11. Maybe a double pivot of Kovacic and Kante.

              Jimenez and perhaps James Rodriguez or Richarlison to consider too.

    2. Qaiss
      • 4 Years
      24 days, 22 hours ago

      KDB is imo.

      Mane often gets taken off as well, Salah doesn't

      1. That Posh Bloke
        • 3 Years
        24 days, 22 hours ago

        Thanks. I get what you’re saying, but Mane is more likely to start than KdB. Klopp doesn’t play roulette...

    3. The Dance
      • 9 Years
      24 days, 22 hours ago

      penalties, explosiveness

      1. That Posh Bloke
        • 3 Years
        24 days, 22 hours ago

        Infer the former, but Mane can explode as much as Salah

        1. That Posh Bloke
          • 3 Years
          24 days, 22 hours ago

          Meant agree not infer

    4. Seanigula
      • 11 Years
      24 days, 22 hours ago

      Salah and KDB...Mane could do as well as Salah, but having penalties gives S the edge...maybe an injury or something will make one more interesting at some point

  26. RED_ARMY
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    24 days, 22 hours ago

    a) Son + DCL
    b) Zaha + Werner

    1. Scots Gooner
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      24 days, 22 hours ago

      A

  27. Uncle Gamst
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    24 days, 22 hours ago

    Any help would be most appreciated guys

    I normally don't WC early but had a disastrous 2 GWs and my team is looking pitiful. Alli and Vinagre out of favour, Bissouma suspended and I hear that Davies' position is under threat.

    Is a wildcard required or will a transfer or two make things better? If so who do you suggest? Thanks

    McCarthy, Button
    TAA, Davies, KWP, Mitchell, Vinagre
    Auba, Fernandes, Alli, Soucek, Bissouma
    DCL, Werber, Martial

    1. Seanigula
      • 11 Years
      24 days, 22 hours ago

      Vinagre is now starting as someone is injured I think...I’d get rid of Alli...you probably have enough to get by

      1. Uncle Gamst
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        24 days, 21 hours ago

        Thanks. Any thoughts on who to bring in and should I be also thinking Auba > KdB or Salah?

    2. Scots Gooner
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      24 days, 22 hours ago

      Personally, I'd wildcard here.

      My team was somewhat similar and I had 2 poor GWs. Far happier with my wildcard team now.

      I think if you see 5-6 required changes, its wildcard time.

      McCarthy, Davies, Alli, Bissouma are issues for you. So you're right on the

      1. Scots Gooner
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        24 days, 22 hours ago

        *precipice

      2. Uncle Gamst
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        24 days, 21 hours ago

        Thanks

  28. Budweiser
    • 6 Years
    24 days, 22 hours ago

    a) TAA and Ings
    b) VVD and Werner

    1. That Posh Bloke
      • 3 Years
      24 days, 22 hours ago

      B

    2. Twisted Saltergater
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      24 days, 22 hours ago

      B

  29. Totti
    • 4 Years
    24 days, 22 hours ago

    What do u think on this wildcard guys?

    Martinez forster
    James TAA mitchell saiss dunne
    Sterling KDB rodriguez podence burke
    Werner calvert jimenez

    1. Ask Yourself
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      24 days, 22 hours ago

      Not wild about 2 4m defenders who are about to lose their plane when you’ve got a player like James ahead of them. Otherwise yeah great. My solution would be Rodriguez > Barnes/Zaha/Foden or DCL > Wood

      1. Totti
        • 4 Years
        24 days, 22 hours ago

        what do u think of the idea of having no salah and son?

        1. Ask Yourself
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          24 days, 22 hours ago

          Sterling and KDB make up for it

          1. Totti
            • 4 Years
            24 days, 22 hours ago

            but i have another draft could have salah KDB son podence
            and no j.ridriguez

      2. Totti
        • 4 Years
        24 days, 22 hours ago

        may be arnold -> VVD and save 1 million to upgrade defence

        1. Ask Yourself
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          24 days, 22 hours ago

          Prefer my recommendations. TAA > Robbo not the end of the world if you need another 0.5m

    2. dunas_dog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      24 days, 22 hours ago

      Rodriguez to Foden and upgrade one of 4 m defenders

  30. Weasel Boy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    24 days, 22 hours ago

    Liking the idea of a Saiss+Semedo double up instead of Robbo or TAA.

    Bit crazy but different.