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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2,796 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Fiqz Fariss
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 3 days ago

    Who to start?

    1) Davies
    2) Mitchell
    3) Justin

    1. Ruinenlust
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 3 days ago

      Davies

      1. Fiqz Fariss
        • 4 Years
        5 months, 3 days ago

        Play 90 minutes for UEL qualify. Expected he will not start right?

    2. Me Spurs
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 3 days ago

      Davies even though I think he won’t start

  2. matrix_infinity
    • 6 Years
    5 months, 3 days ago

    On a WC. Opinions please....
    Martinez - Button
    VVD - Saiss - Castagne - Lamptey - Mitchell
    Salah - KDB - Rodriguez - Podence - Anguissa
    DCL - Jimenez - Ings

    1. matrix_infinity
      • 6 Years
      5 months, 3 days ago

      forgot to mention, have 0.7 itb

    2. Mings the Merciless
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 3 days ago

      Perhaps VVD to Robertson?

    3. Fiqz Fariss
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 3 days ago

      VVD > Robertson
      or
      Ings > Martial
      or
      just save

    4. GuenDoozy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      5 months, 3 days ago

      Good team, Ings has been heavily ignored on Wilcard teams but is a fantastic option

    5. Goonsquad245
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 3 days ago

      I like Ings too. Good job.

  3. ManofKent
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    5 months, 3 days ago

    Those going with Foden and/or Podence - standard 4.5 mid/fwd sub or worth going a little higher for inevitable benchings?

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

      Lamptey is an excellent bench option for me. Perfectly happy with him as a 1st sub.

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

        Who do you even go higher to?

      2. Andy_Social
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        5 months, 3 days ago

        I've got 4 defenders I want to start every week - and Lamptey. He's giving me one of those headaches where I'm loathed to bench him.

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

          I don't mind benching him, James/Robbo/Semedo is ideal to me and having a quality 1st sub like him is great, if anything.

        2. Goonsquad245
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          5 months, 3 days ago

          You want to start Taylor/KWP/Ayling every week?

          1. Amey
            • 2 Years
            5 months, 3 days ago

            Why not ?

            1. Goonsquad245
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              5 months, 3 days ago

              I get in a rotation, but he’s said he’s got 4 he wants to start every week plus Lamptey. I’m reading that as he’s nailed them in his XI in a 4-4-2 or similar.

              Saying that, he’s taken his team link down now, so who knows!

    2. Winston.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      5 months, 3 days ago

      Need to cover that risk somehow...bench needed

    3. Lingard’s Shin Guards
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 3 days ago

      Happy to have Lamptey as first sub most gw's

      Would expect a cameo if either was benched anyway

    4. Steve The Spud
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      5 months, 3 days ago

      Considered souceck but he still hasn’t dropped and feel like it’s just asking for frustration

      1. ManofKent
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        5 months, 3 days ago

        Rice?

    5. Mings the Merciless
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 3 days ago

      If Brewster gets picked up by another team, I'd have him, Mitchell and Lamptey as my cheapest players. I reckon I'd be happy with them filling in.

    6. Phil's Stamps
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      5 months, 3 days ago

      See my post back on p17, you need two starting 11 long term playing subs, probably 3 due to Covid. The likes of Lamptey Mitchell + a none-player is sub-optimal.

  4. Winston.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    5 months, 3 days ago

    A. Robertson + Foden + Jesus (442) or
    B. Zaha/Barnes/Foden + DCL + Jimenez (343) ?

    1. Lingard’s Shin Guards
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 3 days ago

      B with foden

    2. Fiqz Fariss
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 3 days ago

      B

    3. Exotica
      • 5 Years
      5 months, 3 days ago

      B

  5. GoodFella93
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 3 days ago

    [Salah & Adams] or [Werner & Havertz] on wildcard? Got Trent VVD double up, no Chelsea if I go with Salah.

    1. Nightrain_
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 3 days ago

      Werner and Havertz

  6. Inazuma X1
    • 3 Years
    5 months, 3 days ago

    How long is KDB out for?

    1. Fiqz Fariss
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 3 days ago

      KDB is out???

    2. Flair
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      5 months, 3 days ago

      Nobody knows if he's out or not

      I'll go dig out quotes on Aguero's injury

  7. S.Kuqi
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    5 months, 3 days ago

    How is she looking?

    Martinez (Forster)
    Robbo-James-Saiss (Lamptey,Mitchell)
    Salah-Kdb-Greenwood-Podence (Anguissa)
    Werner-Jimenez-Dcl

    1. Fiqz Fariss
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 3 days ago

      looking good

    2. Exotica
      • 5 Years
      5 months, 3 days ago

      nice team

    3. The Handsome Hunk
      • 6 Years
      5 months, 3 days ago

      Greenwood likely to start most of the weeks?

    4. GuenDoozy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      5 months, 3 days ago

      Gwood > Hames imo, Manu fixtures not great and not up to speed

  8. Exotica
    • 5 Years
    5 months, 3 days ago

    G2G?

    MaCarthy (Steer)
    Coleman TAA Saiss (Mitchell, Justin)
    KDB Salah Son J.Rod Prodence
    Jeminez Wilson (Brewster)

    1. Joggers Nipple
      • 11 Years
      5 months, 3 days ago

      All good, could prob switch Coleman later to team who have cs chances but good for now

  9. Me Spurs
    • 3 Years
    5 months, 3 days ago

    Show me a better Salah team I dare u
    Martínez
    Robbo saiss James
    Salah podence kdb Foden son
    Dcl Werner

    B: steer Mitchell Brewster justn

    1. Phil's Stamps
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      5 months, 3 days ago

      It's a fine ship but soon that bench will sink you.

    2. Goonsquad245
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 3 days ago

      I can’t. You’ve nailed it.

    3. Alonso The Great Midfielder
      • 9 Years
      5 months, 3 days ago

      looking good but unsure of podence

      1. Alonso The Great Midfielder
        • 9 Years
        5 months, 3 days ago

        sorry but foden

  10. Amey
    • 2 Years
    5 months, 3 days ago

    Guys is KDB fine ?
    Heard he took a knock yesterday.

    Was going to © him now thinking about Werner ©

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

      He's out for the downgrade of Salah (C) 🙁

      1. Amey
        • 2 Years
        5 months, 3 days ago

        What do you mean by that ?
        Is he out of this GW ?

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

          We don't know. If he's concussed then he's legally not allowed to play. Pep also has a record for lying about injuries. I don't like the risk but if you're not on WC, keep him.

          1. Amey
            • 2 Years
            5 months, 3 days ago

            Might play WC if he's out ..

            Feck. I thought he won't play EFL cup game man

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

              Hold on for news, I wouldn't be that hasty

              1. Amey
                • 2 Years
                5 months, 3 days ago

                Thanks

            2. Andy_Social
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              5 months, 3 days ago

              He wasn't supposed to, but the kids were stuck at 1-1 and Pep needed a win. He came on on 60 mins.

              1. Amey
                • 2 Years
                5 months, 3 days ago

                Wow
                Thanks.
                Pep lovee these cups doesn't he 😀

    2. Andy_Social
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      5 months, 3 days ago

      Dunno. Looked nasty at the time, but he got up and finished the game. Waiting on official news - giving it 24 hours. Werner on vc anyway.

      1. Andy_Social
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        5 months, 3 days ago

        Yeh, dunno why I said I'm waiting - makes no difference unless he's out for more than a week. Either he plays and he's my captain, or he doesn't and Werner my vc and a perfectly decent sub step up.

        1. Amey
          • 2 Years
          5 months, 3 days ago

          Thanks Andy.
          I'm tired already.
          If he's out might just play my WC tomorrow. Won't get any price rises. But that's not the focus anyways.

          Will get Raz as placeholder for Kevin. Don't want 12m on bench

          1. Andy_Social
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            5 months, 3 days ago

            I'll park Kev on the bench if it's for one week. I've got Klich as a perfectly adequate first sub. That's what the bench is for!

            1. Amey
              • 2 Years
              5 months, 3 days ago

              I have Soucek Actually.

              But it's the disgusting feeling after a bad start 😀

            2. The Handsome Hunk
              • 6 Years
              5 months, 3 days ago

              Whats your team looks like?

    3. SKULL AND GNOMES
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 3 days ago

      Do peeps still own Kevin on here?

      That's it I'm fruiting off with the bats.
      Good night! Ain't posting on here for a while.
      I Bloody Give Up!"!

      1. Amey
        • 2 Years
        5 months, 3 days ago

        😀
        Good night

        1. Steve The Spud
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          5 months, 3 days ago

          And on the + side, if he’s out then foden is even more likely to feature heavily

    4. jia you jia you
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 3 days ago

      Kev out would make it easy for me on WC, Salah & Sterling as placeholders. Don't think it was anything serious though.

      1. Amey
        • 2 Years
        5 months, 3 days ago

        I just saw the video.
        Probably nothing.

        Cheers Jia 🙂

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

      Pep ... “had a bit of distortion” = blurred vision and suspected concussion in medical terms ? If so mandatory rest 🙁

      1. Jon Walter's Hatty
        • 7 Years
        5 months, 3 days ago

        The word distortion is not great. I think Pep let that slip and if I was an employee at Leicester City I'd try and helpfully point the league to that comment and get him on a concussion protocol.

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

          if KDB plays and gets another knock on the head ... well ... heads will roll

          1. Amey
            • 2 Years
            5 months, 3 days ago

            🙁

  11. jia you jia you
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 3 days ago

    Which do you prefer?
    Have A and leaning towards B

    A. Salah Son Digne Castagne Brewster
    B. Sterling Jesus Robertson Burke Mitchell
    (perhaps Werner over Jesus this week, 50/50 on that one)

    1. jia you jia you
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 3 days ago

      A would involve one of Klich and Castagne benched.
      B. would involve Klich with Burke on bench

      1. ManofKent
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        5 months, 3 days ago

        A is an expensive benching B uses Burke who probably isn't nailed

    2. Joggers Nipple
      • 11 Years
      5 months, 3 days ago

      Does A have KDB?

      1. jia you jia you
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        5 months, 3 days ago

        yeah the only one 100% nailed on my WC atm

        1. Joggers Nipple
          • 11 Years
          5 months, 3 days ago

          Then A

          1. jia you jia you
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            5 months, 3 days ago

            It's the nice safe WC of the two but I do fancy going all out on City for a few GWs

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

          injured ? 😉

    3. Pavsboot
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      5 months, 3 days ago

      B for me. Klich/Castagne rotation is just gonna bring you pain. I like Sterlings next 3 more than Salah's and after that the switch isn't difficult

      1. jia you jia you
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        5 months, 3 days ago

        yup thinking same… cheers

    4. Amey
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 3 days ago

      B

      1. jia you jia you
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        5 months, 3 days ago

        I would lose 0.4 in TV but I think it's the better side to try and kick on with...cheers mate

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

      B

  12. Pavsboot
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    5 months, 3 days ago

    Werner now even going up a little... Don't actually need the 0.1 but kinda sucks to keep a player on a WC whos 100% guaranteed a drop or two if he blanks.

    1. Amey
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 3 days ago

      He should be sold anyways if he can't score vs WBA 😉

    2. Alonso The Great Midfielder
      • 9 Years
      5 months, 3 days ago

      yeah same with me
      waiting werner drop every single day but just hopeless

  13. Alonso The Great Midfielder
    • 9 Years
    5 months, 3 days ago

    Please help to remove one of this foward for my wildcard team

    a)werner
    b)Ings
    c)wood
    d)Richarlison

    1. Amey
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 3 days ago

      C/D

    2. Andy_Social
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      5 months, 3 days ago

      Difficult, but fixtures-wise I'd lose Ings.
      I've worked out a cheap 3rd striker rota with Wood for 3 GWs, then Mitro, then Watkins.

      1. Alonso The Great Midfielder
        • 9 Years
        5 months, 3 days ago

        a nice strategy too but ings fixtures is not so bad and he is clinical finisher too

    3. Wonderful Wizard Hazard
      • 7 Years
      5 months, 3 days ago

      Wood

    4. PartyPooper
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 3 days ago

      C 100% for me

    5. Alonso The Great Midfielder
      • 9 Years
      5 months, 3 days ago

      cheers all

    6. Messiah Hazard
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      5 months, 3 days ago

      Wood no question...

  14. tom66
    • 8 Years
    5 months, 3 days ago

    So much hype about Wener, is he fially going to score a league goal this weekend? Really in need of a good (c) selection.

    1. Alonso The Great Midfielder
      • 9 Years
      5 months, 3 days ago

      due to

      1. Alonso The Great Midfielder
        • 9 Years
        5 months, 3 days ago

        but im not too confidence on captaining him

    2. GuenDoozy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      5 months, 3 days ago

      Could play on the wing

    3. Pukki Blinders
      • 1 Year
      5 months, 3 days ago

      With KDB's 'distortion' and Salah v Arsenal I think Werner is the way to go

  15. Flair
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    5 months, 3 days ago

    Everton have expressed interest in Milik in recent hours and are reportedly interested in a loan. Things could accelerate in the last days of the transfer window. [Di Marzio]

    1. Andy_Social
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      5 months, 3 days ago

      See ya Dom!

      1. Lucky Z
        • 3 Years
        5 months, 3 days ago

        Dom will remain main striker. No chance Milik is transferred as a starter ahead of DCL. Anci knows Milik from Napoli and will use best of him though.

        1. Andy_Social
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          5 months, 3 days ago

          How? Where? Whose place will he take?

          1. Lucky Z
            • 3 Years
            5 months, 3 days ago

            Tosun's

  16. Messiah Hazard
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    5 months, 3 days ago

    Who’s place will Semedo take in Wolves lineup?

    1. Amey
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 3 days ago

      Neto/Podence/Adama

      1. Messiah Hazard
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        5 months, 3 days ago

        So is Saiss guaranteed to start...

        1. Amey
          • 2 Years
          5 months, 3 days ago

          He's a LCB. Only Marcal in team can play his role. Sometimes Dendoncker too.

          Semedo will play RWB instead of Adama and he'll be freed up to play further up the pitch

    2. Kitsune
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 3 days ago

      Maybe Podence which makes me wonder why he's so popular. He does look a decent attacking player though

    3. ClassiX
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 3 days ago

      Depends on Nuno's formation. In a 3-4-3 it will be Neto - front 3 will be Traore, Jimi, Podence with Neto on bench. In a 3-5-2 then it's tough to say - Podfence may be affected.

  17. Pukki Party
    • 3 Years
    5 months, 3 days ago

    Will Vinagre start this week?

    1. SKULL AND GNOMES
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 3 days ago

      Only if Salt is off to Table Mountain.

  18. Kitsune
    • 2 Years
    5 months, 3 days ago

    Having second thoughts about final few pieces of wildcard. Can anyone humour me?

    A. Podence, Foden, Werner. 0.1 ITB
    B. Burke, J Rod, Werner 0.2 ITB
    C. Havertz, J Rod, Bamford 0.1 ITB

    Have DCL. I think A is most interesting but Foden and Podence don't seem secure starters for me.

    1. Joggers Nipple
      • 11 Years
      5 months, 3 days ago

      b

    2. ManofKent
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      5 months, 3 days ago

      Burke isn't a secure starter either

      1. Kitsune
        • 2 Years
        5 months, 3 days ago

        More obvious bench material though since Werner and J Rod are nailed?

        1. ManofKent
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          5 months, 3 days ago

          Yes, but there are more nailed 4.5 benchfodders

    3. RamaJama
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      5 months, 3 days ago

      A

  19. Pommie22
      5 months, 3 days ago

      Very new to this (I think I've actually lost money transferring players in and out

      1. Rasping Drive
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        5 months, 3 days ago

        Ouch. It’s happened to all of us at some point. Don’t beat yourself up about it.

      2. SKULL AND GNOMES
        • 3 Years
        5 months, 3 days ago

        Watch Bloomberg and see the stench of corruption talking very fast off of elitist auto cues about the economy and then research Fantasy Football Guru's and essentially you will realize you are on your own.

        1. noquarternt
          • 5 Years
          5 months, 3 days ago

          lol

    • Shoplifters United
      • 8 Years
      5 months, 3 days ago

      A. Bruno, Bamford
      B. Hames, Martial

      1. Joggers Nipple
        • 11 Years
        5 months, 3 days ago

        b

      2. jia you jia you
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        5 months, 3 days ago

        B. by a mile for me

      3. RamaJama
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        5 months, 3 days ago

        B

      4. Lucky Z
        • 3 Years
        5 months, 3 days ago

        B. But Bruno + Mitro/Rodrigo can work

      5. Goonsquad245
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        5 months, 3 days ago

        You can do better than those.

    • Rash
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 3 days ago

      Good morning.

      Is there any tutorials on how to properly utilise the members stats? I thought I'd check out the team stats but didn't really find them useful.

      Can you pick 2 teams ie palace vs Everton and can see Strengths and weaknesses of each and highlighting who comes out on top in certain areas?

      1. Goonsquad245
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        5 months, 3 days ago

        Think you can find weird noisy stuff like chances conceded on the right in the last 4 gameweeks or similar

      2. Rasping Drive
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        5 months, 3 days ago

        Go to Comparison Tools (left hand side menu), select “Teams” - then you can choose the season and the team from the drop down menus as well as the period, click on compare, and bingo.

    • Gandalf
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      5 months, 3 days ago

      Anyone considering rotating Salah and KDB for a while if rest of team all stays in form? i.e. Salah to KDB GW4 and then switch back to Salah for GW6 / reassess upgrading Son or Havertz and downgrading attack.

      The future changes can wait but it's more for whether Salah > KDB next week sounds sensible if other assets all performing.

      1. Goonsquad245
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        5 months, 3 days ago

        Probably ends in tears tbh.

      2. Lucky Z
        • 3 Years
        5 months, 3 days ago

        Waste IMO

      3. Andy_Social
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        5 months, 3 days ago

        That's an Upside Chasing strategy if you're switching captains in and out.
        I wouldn't do that myself as KDB can easily haul in any game - there are no 'difficult' games for him.
        It would make more sense to do Salah (home) and Mane (away) although I wouldn't do that either.

        For this week I think KDB (assuming he's fit) will outscore Salah. And next GW.

        1. Gandalf
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          5 months, 3 days ago

          Not upside chasing, more how to fit in both if rest of team performing well

          Midfield currently Salah, Son Havertz Soucek Burke, and if Son and Havertz both look good next week will have a decision to make as to whether to do
          A: Salah > KDB
          B: Havertz + Kane > KDB + 7.3 attacker or less (which probably would do if Havertz blanks against West Brom)

          1. Goonsquad245
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            5 months, 3 days ago

            If you want to keep son and Havertz you go without KDB, simple.

            1. Gandalf
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              5 months, 3 days ago

              Yup my thinking exactly, hence the initial question. Leaning towards Salah > KDB GW4 and then wait and see, but wary of Salah's 2 home fixtures GW6/7

      4. Pukki Party
        • 3 Years
        5 months, 3 days ago

        My team structure atm is Salah and 4 players in the 8.0-9.5 market. So this is something i'm considering surely. Will see one or two more ganeweeks how my captainsy works when Salah is playing away, will captain one of Son, Martial, Richo, Jimmy those weeks.

        1. Goonsquad245
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          5 months, 3 days ago

          2 away games in the next 5, Everton is the only worry.

          1. Pukki Party
            • 3 Years
            5 months, 3 days ago

            Can captain Richarlison vs Brighton and Son vs West Ham. Feel like Salah is a good option against anyone at home really.

            1. Goonsquad245
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              5 months, 3 days ago

              He’s a good option full stop! Obviously better at home, but so is just about everyone.

              1. Pukki Party
                • 3 Years
                5 months, 3 days ago

                Yeah i just always prefer my captain to play at home. Not sure it's that inportant with no supporters but like it that way.

      5. Pukki Blinders
        • 1 Year
        5 months, 3 days ago

        Won't go to plan, you will most likely have other issues arise in your team that need to be dealt with. Chopping and changing between Salah and KDB is nothing but luxury transfers

      6. Hotdogs for Tea
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        5 months, 3 days ago

        if the fixtures work out then yes, why not

    • Lucky Z
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 3 days ago

      Martinez
      Lamptey | KWP | Lascelles
      Son | KDB | Salah | Auba | JRod
      DCL | Mitrovic

      Steer | C.Taylor | Mitchell | Davis

      Just look at this MF. Worth to WC to this next GW? JRod can be TAA.

    • RamaJama
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      5 months, 3 days ago

      Which option on WC?

      A) James (CHE), Podence, Ings
      B) Lamptey, Podence, Martial
      C) Lamptey, Son, Mitrovic

      1. Lucky Z
        • 3 Years
        5 months, 3 days ago

        C

      2. Pieterke30
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        5 months, 3 days ago

        Ideally Id get both Lamptey and Reece

        1. RamaJama
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          5 months, 3 days ago

          Would have to be instead of Saiss or TAA

          1. Pieterke30
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            5 months, 3 days ago

            On WC my def would be TAA (or Robbo!), Semedo, James, Lamptey, fodder

        2. RamaJama
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          5 months, 3 days ago

          But you would also go c?

          1. Pieterke30
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            5 months, 3 days ago

            Yes

    • fish&chips
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      5 months, 3 days ago

      G2G?

      Martinez, forster,
      TAA, Robbo, James, Saiss, (Mitchell)
      KDB, Son, Havertz, Barnes*, (Bissouma)
      Jimmy, Werner, Brewster*

      0.2 ITB

      Other option is DCL and Anguissa over Barnes and Brewster

      1. Kabayan
        • 4 Years
        5 months, 3 days ago

        Might be join you with that route.
        Rather have DCL just in case you wanna Salah and Brewster not going anywhere.

    • Kiwivillan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      5 months, 3 days ago

      Thinking about hit to upgrade Soucek>Havertz
      Chelsea nice run of fixtures and would play this week instead of Pereira.
      Havertz looks nailed starter now yes?

      1. RamaJama
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        5 months, 3 days ago

        Yes, he does, just got to wait for him to ignite

      2. HODGE
        • 7 Years
        5 months, 3 days ago

        Yeah should be

      3. Lucky Z
        • 3 Years
        5 months, 3 days ago

        Waiting one week myself for this transfer with 4.0 ITB.

    • HODGE
      • 7 Years
      5 months, 3 days ago

      Is zaha now on pens?

      Does milivojevic just not make the team now

      1. Pukki Party
        • 3 Years
        5 months, 3 days ago

        Mili didn't play last game. I think he still takes them when he plays.

      2. SKULL AND GNOMES
        • 3 Years
        5 months, 3 days ago

        MIli has an incredulous stat base for pens.
        He also was the culprit in getting Palace knocked out of the League Cup in a Hollywood Pen. shoot out recently.
        Look it up on the Tube and enjoy!!!!

    • Messiah Hazard
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      5 months, 3 days ago

      A) Rashford and TAA
      B) KDB and Saiss
      C) Bruno and VVD

      1. Lingard’s Shin Guards
        • 2 Years
        5 months, 3 days ago

        B for sure

      2. Pukki Party
        • 3 Years
        5 months, 3 days ago

        B

      3. RamaJama
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        5 months, 3 days ago

        B

        1. RamaJama
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          5 months, 3 days ago

          What’s your thoughts about going without TAA on WC to move funds forwards on the pitch?

      4. Goonsquad245
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        5 months, 3 days ago

        B > A >>>>>>>>>> C

    • falafel
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 3 days ago

      A: DCL, Robertson, Havertz and Zaha
      B: Werner, TAA, James R and Podence

      1. aleksaa2
        • 4 Years
        5 months, 3 days ago

        B