Scout Squad

The Scout Squad picks for FPL Gameweek 3

The Scout Picks ‘prequel’ sees our four-man panel propose a long-list of the standout Fantasy Premier League assets for Gameweek 3.

For those who are new to this feature, Fantasy Football Scout editor David, deputy editor Neale, video content manager Andy and Pro Pundit Tom each put forward an 18-man squad of players for the coming Gameweek and explain their notable inclusions and omissions below.

The nominations listed will then be narrowed down to a squad of 15 (with the starting XI not exceeding a total cost of £83m) for the weekly Scout Picks selection ahead of Saturday’s deadline at 11:00 BST.

There are requirements for at least one goalkeeper costing £5.0m or less, at least one sub-£5.0m defender, at least one midfielder listed at £6.5m or below and at least one forward priced at £7.5m or lower.

Each panelist is restricted to no more than three players from the same team, as is the case in FPL.

We will again be adding a captaincy to the Scout Picks, with details of that revealed on Friday.


 DavidNealeTomAndy
GKEmiliano MartinezVicente GuaitaRui PatricioDavid de Gea
 Rui PatricioEmiliano MartinezHugo LlorisHugo Lloris
 Vicente GuaitaDavid de GeaEmiliano MartinezAaron Ramsdale
DFLucas DigneReece JamesTrent Alexander-ArnoldTrent Alexander-Arnold
 Trent Alexander-ArnoldMatt DohertyLucas DigneAndrew Robertson
 Reece JamesGeorge BaldockReece JamesReece James
 Romain SaissAndrew RobertsonRomain SaissRomain Saiss
 Stuart DallasJimmy DunneCharlie TaylorChris Basham
MFMohamed SalahKevin De BruyneMohamed SalahMohamed Salah
 Kevin De BruyneMohamed SalahKevin De BruyneKevin De Bruyne
 Son Heung-minSon Heung-minSon Heung-minRaheem Sterling
 Kai HavertzJack GrealishJames RodriguezSon Heung-min
 Daniel PodenceDaniel PodenceDaniel PodenceDaniel Podence
FWTimo WernerTimo WernerGabriel JesusTimo Werner
 Gabriel JesusChris WoodTimo WernerGabriel Jesus
 Harry KaneGabriel JesusHarry KaneHarry Kane
 Dominic Calvert-LewinRaul JimenezDominic Calvert-LewinChris Wood
 Ollie WatkinsDanny IngsChris WoodAleksandar Mitrovic

Most popular picks: Reece James, Mohamed Salah, Kevin De Bruyne, Son Heung-min, Daniel Podence, Timo Werner, Gabriel Jesus (four), Emiliano Martinez, Romain Saiss, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Harry Kane, Chris Wood (three)

DAVID SAID…

I have been unequivocal in my backing of Emi Martínez in recent days following his debut for Aston Villa. I think he is comfortably the best £4.5m goalkeeper right now, combining his excellent Project Restart saves record (28), with Aston Villa’s recent defensive improvement. I am expecting the Villans either to keep a clean sheet at Craven Cottage or, if they don’t, Fulham’s busy attackers will present the former Arsenal man with plenty of opportunities for additional points.

Lucas Digne could be a key man for Everton this week. As captaincy writer Jan Sienkiewicz pointed out in his most recent article, Crystal Palace have proved weakest on their right-hand side recently. Manchester United were too unprepared for the season to cause any issues there during Gameweek 2, but Everton are a different animal right now. No player received more passes in the final third than Digne in their 5-2 win over West Bromwich Albion so if the Toffees can get him on the ball, it could cause the Eagles some issues on Saturday afternoon.

Wolves’ defence may have been picked apart by a re-shaped Manchester City team on Monday night, but they are still one of the Premier League’s best defences since Gameweek 25 of last season. I would love to be able to select Ruben Vinagre ahead of a Gameweek 3 trip to West Ham but that would be dependent on a very specific injury update from Nuno Espirito Santo on the injured Marçal. Therefore, I’m playing it safe with Romain Saïss, who has more touches and shots inside the box of any Wolves defender in 2020/21.

While I am not completely convinced by Leeds’ defence just yet, I think a trip to Sheffield United represents their best chance of keeping a first clean sheet of the campaign. The Blades are yet to trouble anyone’s back-line this season and looked questionable defensively themselves. I’ve gone with Stuart Dallas over Luke Ayling, purely based on more touches inside opposition boxes for the former so far this season.

Despite Arsenal’s recent defensive improvements, I think Mohamed Salah will be back in the goals on Monday night. 65.5% of his attacking returns came at Anfield last season, including two goals against the Gunners.

Kevin De Bruyne’s new number 10 role appears to have already made him a better Fantasy asset than last season. It is early days, of course, but after just one game, he is in the division’s top four for key passes and only four players have registered more shots on target. And that was recorded against the Wolves defence, which has been incredibly solid for some time. On that basis, it doesn’t even matter who Manchester City face next… expect big things from Pep Guardiola’s penalty taker.

I had no choice but to include Son Heung-min after he scored four times in Spurs’ 5-2 win at Southampton. However, this selection does come with the slight caveat of where Jose Mourinho deploys him against Newcastle. Under the former Chelsea boss, Son has mostly been used as the left-winger in a 4-2-3-1 when Harry Kane is fit and largely suffers because of it. But operating in a slightly more central role at St. Mary’s and facing a high-line, the South Korean was on fire. If Mourinho plays him through the middle again, we could be in for another big haul for Son.

Kai Havertz owners, myself included, have had a frustrating start to the season, but now is his time to shine (hopefully). In the first two matches of the campaign, I have watched the German international ghost into pockets of space against both Brighton and Liverpool – there has just been nobody to find his insightful runs. He has also been shifted about the Chelsea team across those games, first as a right-winger, then as a false-nine. Then, finally deployed as a number 10 against Barnsley, he came to life, scoring three times. No team has conceded more shots than West Bromwich Albion in the first two matches of the campaign, so provided Chelsea can get Havertz on the ball, and get Christian Pulisic or Hakim Ziyech into the team too, he should reward his patient owners.

Meanwhile, Timo Werner should also benefit from the Baggies’ defensive issues so far this season. He has already won two penalties in as many outings, the same number Slaven Bilic’s men have given up.

Daniel Podence has the potential to be a useful cheaper midfielder based on his initial performances in 2020/21. With an assist in both games, he has created more big chances than any colleague and has been unfortunate not to score. Despite the signing of Nelson Semedo, he should hold off competition for his place for at least one more week based on merit thus far.

As has been mentioned before, when Gabriel Jesus is nailed-on to start, he is a great Fantasy option. Thanks to De Bruyne’s new role, he was a busy part of Manchester City’s attack on Monday, deservedly getting on the scoresheet after Rui Patrício had mostly kept him at bay.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Ollie Watkins are my cheaper strikers for Gameweek 3. The former is an obvious choice based on his form and underlying statistics, while Fulham’s defensive issues thus far should be perfect for the pace and power Watkins can offer for Villa.

NEALE SAID…

This was perhaps the toughest Scout Squad selection of the season to date, with a so-so set of fixtures and last weekend’s goal bonanza clouding my thoughts.

Questions over defensive competency and confidence have to be asked of a number of teams after Gameweek 2, while separating the “flash in the pan” attacking assets from those who can sustain their output is an ongoing assignment.

Son Heung-min, for example, won’t score four goals against Newcastle United this weekend. Steve Bruce may be maligned by some sections of the Magpies’ support but he is savvy enough not to take a leaf out of Ralph Hasenhuttl’s suicidal playbook when his side head south on Sunday. Saying that, this is not the backs-to-the-wall Newcastle of yesteryear and they will show enough attacking ambition to give Son sufficient space to carve out a chance or two.

Staying with the Lilywhites, Matt Doherty has done little so far to warrant my interest in him. But having seen the joy that Tariq Lamptey got down Newcastle’s left last weekend, with the attack-minded Jamal Lewis not helped by a half-arsed Allan Saint-Maximin, then I’m willing to give the former Wolves wing-back another shot.

I remain to be convinced that Kevin De Bruyne is going to start every game as a number 10 after Monday’s win over Wolves, as this is a tactic Pep Guardiola has frequently reserved for the “tougher” games.

With David Silva gone and Bernardo Silva and Ilkay Gundogan sidelined, however, perhaps Guardiola will stick with that 4-2-3-1 set-up for now – especially if he still sees Phil Foden more as an option on the flanks rather than as a number eight.

Arsenal funneling most of their play down the left – and possibly pushing Trent Alexander-Arnold back, as happened in Gameweek 1 – convinces me to go with Andrew Robertson, while Leeds United’s vulnerability from that same flank and over-achievement in terms of goals scored has led me to a curveball pick in the form of George Baldock.

An absence of Everton assets is probably the main surprise in my selection but I am indirectly paying them some deserved respect by nominating Vicente Guaita – I can see the Palace shot-stopper racking up the save points when the trigger-happy Toffees visit Selhurst Park, even if Carlo Ancelotti’s side do breach the hosts’ defences.

A word on Jimmy Dunne, too. With James Tarkowski nursing a reported toe injury that may or may not be shorthand for “I want a move elsewhere”, £4.0m-rated Dunne could offer us a cut-price route into the Burnley defence in the short term.

While the Clarets’ injury woes perhaps weakens their clean sheets prospects, Sean Dyche proved adept at cobbling together a competitive XI after the summer restart when his side were hit hard by unavailability.

Dunne also seems to offer a bit of threat, registering five penalty box touches and two chances against Leicester last Sunday – one of which found the back of the net.

TOM SAID…

A home tie against Arsenal sees Liverpool assets take the top spot in two categories, which may surprise a few.

However, the Gunners were again outshot at the weekend, this time by West Ham United, by 14 to seven. It wasn’t a one-off either. It’s been happening more often than not since Mikel Arteta was appointed, and despite defensive improvements since moving to a back three, I still think Liverpool will have too much for them and record a comfortable home win on Monday night.

My picks, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Mohamed Salah, already lead the way in their respective positions for shots, while Liverpool have given up just one big chance so far this season – a penalty at Stamford Bridge.

With arguably the standout fixture of the round, I’m also backing Tottenham Hotspur, but maybe not to the same extent as others. Despite comfortably beating Southampton in Gameweek 2, let’s not forget they were poor heading into half-time and failed to register a shot till Son Heung-min’s equaliser just before the break. In the second half, Saints high defensive line gifted them another four goals, but on Sunday, I don’t expect Newcastle United’s backline to be quite so obliging, which is why I rate Liverpool, Manchester City and Chelsea’s attacks higher.

James Rodríguez was a bit good on Saturday, wasn’t he? If he ends up on penalties, he’s going to be hard to ignore. I’m also expecting Lucas Digne, who created five chances against West Bromwich Albion and whipped in a massive 13 crosses, and Dominic Calvert-Lewin, to provide a source of points at Crystal Palace.

Elsewhere, I’ve included Kevin De Bruyne, who looked sharp in a more advanced role at Molineux, teammate Gabriel Jesus, Chelsea duo Reece James and Timo Werner, plus Wolverhampton Wanderers assets Rui Patrício, Romain Saïss and differential Daniel Podence, whose pathway to the starting XI, at least for now, looks clearer now Diogo Jota has departed for Liverpool. 

Savings will be needed with so many premium options selected, which is why I’ve turned to Burnley and Aston Villa, who both look good for bargain hunting this week. Charlie Taylor and Chris Wood, who has scored in each of his last four starts, look particularly enticing, while Emiliano Martínez looks the pick of the £4.5m keepers right now.

ANDY SAID…

Chris Wood is probably one of the most un-sexy picks in all of FPL which is why he often gets overlooked. But already against Leicester, he’s shown what he can do with two big chances and a non-penalty expected goal (nPxG) total of 0.65. No forward under £7m had a higher nPxG than Wood last season, and he’s up against a side that has just shipped goals for fun.

I’m still unsure about what to make of Sheffield United defensive assets this season. My instinct is they’ll be worse than in 2019/20 but it’s been hard to tell after a good Wolves performance and a match down to 10 men. Leeds have already scored seven goals in just two Gameweeks, but that’s come from just 1.69 xG which is the fifth lowest in the league; even Marcelo Bielsa has commented on the high conversion from limited chances. This is why both Aaron Ramsdale and Chris Basham are in the squad.

As well as stats, I’m looking at player sharpness this early in the season. I don’t think there have been many better opening matches than Manchester City’s performance versus Wolves. Both Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling looked sharp and it’s hard not to include them. Leicester may have Jonny Evans back but City will have too much for them and it’s hard to leave out the main goal threat (Sterling), and the penalty taker (De Bruyne).

I was pleasantly surprised to see Reece James start for the second match in a row and am hoping this is a start of a continued run of matches with César Azpilicueta potentially being given more of a squad role. With a new goalkeeper arriving at Chelsea, it may not be long until we see clean sheets return and for £5.1m James represents something of a bargain when you look at his attacking potential as well.

THE COMMUNITY CHAMPION

Each week, one of the Fantasy Football Scout community takes on the Scout Picks by pitting their chosen XI against ours.

The community member who beats our picks by the biggest margin over the campaign will win a £100 Amazon Voucher and a place in our Moderators and Contributors League for the following season.

They’ll have to go some distance to beat last week’s champion: AA33 walloped the Scout Picks 96-43 and his 53-point margin is now the benchmark.

Our next Scout Picks article on Friday will have further details on who is representing the community this week.


998 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Inazuma X1
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Leeds sign Llorente!

    1. Pukki Blinders
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Thought you meant Fernando Llorente for a sec

    2. Bobby Digital
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      So many Llorentes

  2. Lav
    • 5 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Best 4.5m def after Taylor & Lamptey?

    1. Pukki Blinders
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Lewis or Justin

    2. Dire Souffle
      • 1 Year
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Walker-Peters

    3. Galza-The Wanton Trader
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      I’ve got Ward.

      Palace have some great fixtures for a while and I’ve paired him up with Ferguson to cover both bases...

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

    Point predictions for GW3

    A)
    Ayling (shu)
    Fernandes (bha)
    Martial (bha)

    B)
    Sterling (LEI)
    Foden (LEI)
    Wood (SOU)

    B should outscore A easily, right?

    1. StayoutheSpiceZone
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      A
      2
      7
      2

      B
      7
      7
      9

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

        Similar to what I'm thinking

    2. Shark Team
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      A
      6
      9
      5

      B
      5
      3
      2

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

        Interesting

  4. Cok3y5murf
    • 5 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Bruno pretending to be humble and like he doesn't care who takes penalties when he knows it's the only way he can score.

    1. andy85wsm
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 11 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      I can see it now - 2 penalties awarded in the next game and he takes them both

    2. have you seen cyan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      I was really hoping you didn’t say “it’s his bread and butter”, I hate that saying so much! 😀

    3. Would Ed Woodward
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Didn't he score twice against Brighton from open play last season?

      1. Cok3y5murf
        • 5 Years
        1 year, 1 month ago

        I didn't mean "literally" the only way

    4. tokara
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      i am sure theyhave goal bonus for every ball scored.

    5. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Saw a funny tweet today that Havertz has now scored more open play goals than Havertz in all comps.

      1. Camzy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        1 year, 1 month ago

        Than Bruno

        1. jim0wheel
          • 7 Years
          1 year, 1 month ago

          Assuming Chelsea and United goals only, that's not true.

        2. All about the galacticos
          • 7 Years
          1 year, 1 month ago

          no prem league.
          may as well say ollie watkins has scored more goals than werner in all comps

          1. Camzy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            1 year, 1 month ago

            Yeah fair. It's a silly stat.

  5. McSauce
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    A) Son and Mitro
    B) JRod and DCL

    1. Chilli Heatwave
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      B

  6. Spurrsy
    • 2 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Martinez
    Taa/Robertson/Saiss
    Bruyne/Hamez/son/greenwood or Foden/podence
    Werner/Jimenez

    Steer/justin/mitchell/Brewster

    Could downgrade Robertson for DCL also.

    Or

    Martinez
    Saiss/Castagne/Lamptey
    Salah/Hamez/son/bruyne/podence
    Werner/Jimenez

    Steer/Justin/Mitchell/brewster

  7. Glad He Ate Her
    • 1 Year
    1 year, 1 month ago

    For those on WC who don't have Foden. Explain yourself

    1. Coys96
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Have Sterling & KDB

      1. Glad He Ate Her
        • 1 Year
        1 year, 1 month ago

        Tripling on the best offensive team isn't good?

      2. kevchenko
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 year, 1 month ago

        Foden is gonna make Sterling look useless 😮

    2. Twisted Saltergater
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 12 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      He’s my cheapest attacker in my front 7 🙂

    3. McSauce
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      simple - Rotation Risk

      P.S I have him 🙂

      1. Glad He Ate Her
        • 1 Year
        1 year, 1 month ago

        Your name hit nostalgic factor x10

    4. Cok3y5murf
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Picking Foden over the other 3 is like picking Firmino over Mane/Salah

      1. Tempestic
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 year, 1 month ago

        If Firmino was 6.5 which seems reasonable to me

      2. kevchenko
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 year, 1 month ago

        It really, really isn't.

  8. AdamJ91
    • 5 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Which would you choose?

    1) VVD & Hamez
    2) Robbo & Zaha
    3) TAA & Foden

    1. Chilli Heatwave
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      3 if can’t cope with rotation otherwise 2

    2. Kloppage Time
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      3)

  9. Ask Yourself
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Even if Semedo does start tbis GW is Saiss a better option from an attacking perspective anyway? Semedo’s returns are truly alarmingly low

    1. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      I'd take Semedo as a double up. Saiss is beyond locked into my team.

      1. Chilli Heatwave
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 year, 1 month ago

        Would you have Semedo and Taylor over James and Coady? Curious as you seem to be keen on Semedo so open to suggestions to fit him in

        1. Camzy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          1 year, 1 month ago

          James and Coady is better imo.

          I don't like Taylor much. Prefer Lamptey or Ayling instead. Both have good attacking threat. Burnley losing all their CBs is bad.

          1. Chilli Heatwave
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            1 year, 1 month ago

            Cheers.

      2. Ask Yourself
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 year, 1 month ago

        Saiss over Semedo leaves me with an annoying 0.5m which I don’t even need

        1. Camzy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          1 year, 1 month ago

          Store it. That money would have proved very handy .

          1. Camzy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            1 year, 1 month ago

            Will prove very handy.

        2. have you seen cyan
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 year, 1 month ago

          0.5 itb is good to help with any price rises. I have 0.3 I think somehow 🙂

  10. Twisted Saltergater
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 12 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Which player from Man Utd offers value? They’re all priced realistically for me, which makes them unappealing to bring in.

    1. Chilli Heatwave
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Greenwood

    2. Andy_Social
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Potentially Shaw

    3. andy85wsm
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 11 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Hoping for a Shaw 15 pointer this weekend, otherwise I don't fancy any of them as it stands.

      1. Would Ed Woodward
        • 2 Years
        1 year, 1 month ago

        Goes in goal and saves a pen?

    4. Goonsquad245
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Rashford

  11. Shark Team
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Vardy or Ings to keep till WC? (Gw16 probably)

    1. Chilli Heatwave
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Ings imo

    2. tokara
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      ings

  12. Whiskerz
    • 8 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Any glaring issues with this draft?

    Martinez . 4.0
    TAA . James . Saiss . Lamptey . Mitchell
    Salah . KDB . Foden . Podence. Burke
    Werner . DCL . Jimenez

    1. kevchenko
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      No....

      Maybe a tad punty with Podence Burke James and Foden.

      but I like them all as punts, and it means you have Salah as well.

      1. Whiskerz
        • 8 Years
        1 year, 1 month ago

        James could be anyone at 5.0. Hes only there at the moment because I've had him for his 0.1 rise.

        Same for Burke really. His obvious upside is the position he played. Could easily be another safer 4.5 since he'll rot on the bench anyway,hopefully.

        As for podence and foden I just can't find a way to push podence to a safer 7m mid without losing a forward i want or treat.

        1. kevchenko
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          1 year, 1 month ago

          Yeah that is fair enough. I've got a similar team but No Salah. Gone for TAA and Robbo at the back... (feel Reece James is too risky)

          I have James Rodriguez and Son where you have Salah and Burke

          and I have have Jesus over Werner but that's negligible.

    2. Chilli Heatwave
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Think son is essential but if your not a fan then good to go.

      1. Whiskerz
        • 8 Years
        1 year, 1 month ago

        Not feeling the son love. Could bite me, but i had him for his 4 goals, so it won't hurt too much.

        1. Bobby Digital
          • 4 Years
          1 year, 1 month ago

          Unless he scores 4 goals again...

          1. Whiskerz
            • 8 Years
            1 year, 1 month ago

            which I dont think he will, so I didnt include.him

    3. You've got red on you.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      No Son or Hames

    4. Old Gregg
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      the team I would like. See below

    5. Glad He Ate Her
      • 1 Year
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Basically the exact same team as mine but I have Jesus and Taylor instead of Werner and Lamptey

  13. Bobby Digital
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Bring back the old captain poll. This one sucks ass!

    1. have you seen cyan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      They are

    2. Kloppage Time
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      yea quite agree

  14. All about the galacticos
    • 7 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Unsure why some people have premium defenders. e.g. above 5m
    If we are extrapolating that there will be more penalties, then we must also to assume less clean sheets.
    Even liverpool were lucky to get their clean sheet.

    1. Glad He Ate Her
      • 1 Year
      1 year, 1 month ago

      It's been 2 game weeks...

    2. kevchenko
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      You are unsure why people have TAA and Robbo?

      What is your highest rank?

      1. All about the galacticos
        • 7 Years
        1 year, 1 month ago

        I realise why they may want TAAA/Robbo but if they are more expensive this year, and less likely to score more points, there's value to move funds up front. If they score exactly as much as last year, fine, but i don't see it happening.
        Best 14k, with 8 top 50k finishes. No top 10k.

        1. kevchenko
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          1 year, 1 month ago

          Okay - I don't agree that they're less likely to score more points (the Liverpool duo in particular).

          If there are more penalties in the league, while I can see why you've just assumed every team will conceed more, but realistically it's going to be due to hand balls and therefore teams who are defending in their own box more will conceed more.

          Liverpool won't be getting hemmed in to their own box any more this season than any other.

          I think they'll be able to at least replicate their defensive stats and the potential attacking returns from TAA and Robbo make them such attractive options that I wouldn't go without them.

          I've had 3x top 5k, including a #3 in 2014/15 🙂

          1. All about the galacticos
            • 7 Years
            1 year, 1 month ago

            Agree this year they are priced accordingly.
            I'm taking a punt on my theory, but will be mindful to be two transfers away getting back in.
            Good record, I need to cut my hits to get a real high rank (averaging about 35-40 hits per season). The way I play it's never gonna happen but it's more fun.

    3. Pavsboot
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Imo more goals around the league would just make me want the very best defenders even more. You're playing 3 every week at least so you might as well have some decent ones in that'll actually give you points.

      1. popey
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 year, 1 month ago

        TAA & Robbo are essentially 7m wingers that get CS points - over the last 2 seasons TAA has 33 attacking returns and Robbo has 26 (!)

        I intend to double up in a few weeks

        1. All about the galacticos
          • 7 Years
          1 year, 1 month ago

          do you think TAA is a set-n-forget as in previous seasons?

  15. Glad He Ate Her
    • 1 Year
    1 year, 1 month ago

    I can have Sterling, KDB, Jesus AND Salah.. But I feel like it's overkill due to captaincy option

    1. Ser Davos
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Think it is worth a gamble over the next 2-3 and reassess

      Might mean a hit or two down the line, but it seems an aggressive proactive approach is the best way to play this year

  16. Old Gregg
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    On WC

    Martinez/4m

    Lamptey-James-Taa-____-mitchell
    Salah-KDB-Foden-Burke_____
    Werner-DCL-Jimi

    ideally I would like Saiss and podence (0.3) short.

    so

    a) Saiss> Soucek
    b) Talyor >Podence
    c) any suggestions?

    1. Whiskerz
      • 8 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      I'd go saiss over james

      1. Old Gregg
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 year, 1 month ago

        Thanks. Yeah worth considering.
        I’m kinda just going along with the James Pick. H

  17. You've got red on you.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Just after a few more opinions.

    On WC

    Martinez
    TAA - Saiss - Lamptey
    KDB - Salah - Son - Rodriguez
    Jimenez - Mitrovic - Calvert-Lewin

    Steer - Burke - Mitchell - Dunne

    It's the lack of Werner that I keep coming back. TTA and DCL ---> James and Werner?

    1. kevchenko
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      I wouldn't even consider going without DCL for the next 7/8 weeks.

      1. You've got red on you.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 year, 1 month ago

        Yeah, I know this really. Thanks.

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

        A bit tempted to go without for the next 3, Wood with SOU new wba vs cry BHA LIV

        1. kevchenko
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          1 year, 1 month ago

          Wood won't capitilise on the Southampton high line will be? He's slow.

          Then two away games and Burnley are pretty defensive generally?

          Whereas Ancelotti has Everton playing wonderful stuff, all designed around getting DCL to kick it in the goal.

          Well worth the extra in my opinion, but to me DCL is now a season-keeper.

  18. afcblegend
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Surprised to see the love for Doherty in the squad picks. He doesn't look comfortable in a back 4 from the first two games I've watched - overvalued for me at 6m and I'm looking to get him out even with spurs' nice fixtures.

  19. Big Hippo
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Can everyone please buy Bamford? Every WC team I like is 0.1 short. Thanks

    1. Tempestic
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Ahaha mood

  20. Andy_Social
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Gary Lineker on Twitter.
    @GaryLineker
    News that @Ibra_official has tested positive with Coronavirus. Thoughts are with the virus at this difficult time.

    1. Glad He Ate Her
      • 1 Year
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Coronavirus tested positive with Zlatan

  21. Pavsboot
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    A) Hamez + Klich + James
    B) Barnes + Foden + Lamptey

    Umming and erring on this one. James/Lamptey are pretty similiar and 4th defenders for me anyway so it's more between the other two. A feels safer but B could be real fun for the next few.

  22. Ser Davos
    • 6 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    James Semedo Saiss

    only downside is one of Podence/Jimenez

    1. Chilli Heatwave
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      That’s what I want. But means sacrificing Jiminez or havertz for me

      1. Ser Davos
        • 6 Years
        1 year, 1 month ago

        If Saiss was 5.1 then I'd maybe see things differently, but I can't look past the opp to get him at 5 on WC

    2. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      (forgets to mention Liverpool defender(

      1. Camzy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        1 year, 1 month ago

        You can get all 3 and Liverpool defender. You just play 4 at the back. I'm thinking about this now as an option.

    3. Twisted Saltergater
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 12 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Foden over Podence

    4. Flair
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Why no Liverpool defender?

  23. Chilli Heatwave
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    A) Semedo & Taylor
    B) James & Coady

    Have Saïss.

  24. Dillonb93
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    On Wildcard... Who scores more

    A) Trent & Jesus
    B) Raheem & Coady

    Cheers!

    1. FC Hakkebøf
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      A

    2. Chilli Heatwave
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      A

  25. SpeedyPro
    • 12 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Anyone on WC tempted by new Chelsea keeper Mendy at 5.0? Feels cheap and string fixtures. Slightly concerned that he wont start at the weekend.

    1. FC Hakkebøf
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Not tempted by chelsea defence atm..

    2. Glad He Ate Her
      • 1 Year
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Nope. Just makes James a better pick

    3. Andy_Social
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Nope. Still behind a Lampard-(dis)organised defence.

  26. Tempestic
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Havertz DCL(3-5-2) vs Werner Wood(3-4-3) on WC?

    1. Chilli Heatwave
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      A

    2. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      A for me but largely because I don't consider DCL optional.

  27. nikornla
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Choose 3 out of 6 a bit longer term, not just next GW (have 14.3 to spend)

    1) James (5.1)
    2) Justin (4.6)
    3) Lamptey (4.5)
    4) Coleman (5.0)
    5) Taylor (4.5)
    6) Mitchell (4.1)

    I guess no one is gonna pick 4 🙂

    1. kevchenko
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      1, 3, 5

      1. nikornla
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 year, 1 month ago

        yeah, that seems like a pretty good pick... my only problem is that I'm pretty much into having an Everton defender, but I think I'll have to let go.... thanks

        1. kevchenko
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          1 year, 1 month ago

          I think Pickford is too pants to rely on them for clean sheets, so for me it's Digne or no-one, and then at 6.1m I'd rather just get a Wolves in, OR pay for for the known quantities (TAA/Robbo)

          1. nikornla
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            1 year, 1 month ago

            already got Robbo and Saiss... had Digne, but decided I can't fit him into the team with that price...
            I'm pretty sure now I'll try with that line up, hope for the best...thanks

  28. Do I Not Like Orange
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    How does this WC look? Am a bit worried about how to get Salah/Bruno in in future, but best guess is it would involve losing Son.

    Martinez Forster
    TAA Robbo Saiss Lamptey Mitchell
    KDB Son JRod Foden Burke
    Werner Jimmy Mitro

    1. Pavsboot
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      I've got a quite similiar one so I like it 🙂 Double pool defence just feels nice.

  29. H3LP
    • 5 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    RMT, 0.5 ITB

    Guaita, Nyland
    TAA, Ayling, Saiss, Lamptey, Mitchell
    KDB, Foden, Salah, Podence, Rodriguez
    Mitro, Jimi, DCL

  30. KINGS
    • 2 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Does this look scary?

    Martinez Ryan
    James Saiss Justin Lamptey Mitchell
    Salah KDB Son Podence Anguissa
    Werner DCL Jimi