Scout Notes

Why Werner blanked at West Brom and whether to hold or sell him for FPL Gameweek 4

West Brom 3-3 Chelsea

  • Goals: Callum Robinson x2 (£5.5m), Kyle Bartley (£4.5m) | Mason Mount (£6.9m), Callum Hudson-Odoi (£5.8m), Tammy Abraham (£7.3m)
  • Assists: Matheus Pereira (£6.0m), Darnell Furlong (£4.5m) | Cesar Azpilicueta (£5.9m), Kai Havertz (£8.4m), Mount
  • Bonus points: C Robinson x3, Mount x2, Reece James x1 (£5.1m)

Timo Werner (£9.4m) remains goalless in the Premier League after Chelsea’s trip to West Bromwich Albion did not go according to plan.

The German international had been understandably turned to by 800,000+ Fantasy Premier League managers for the Gameweek 3 captaincy only to be rewarded with nothing more than a two-point score.

As some start to lose patience in Werner, it serves to analyse what went wrong for him on Saturday evening as there were, admittedly, some mitigating circumstances behind his first blank of the campaign.

Tammy Abraham’s (£7.3m) impressive EFL Cup performance midweek was enough to convince Frank Lampard to hand the centre-forward role to him at the Hawthorns, which shifted Werner onto the left-hand side of a 4-2-3-1.

That left him with less time in the penalty box than his 35% ownership would have liked, but Chelsea’s abysmal start to the game in defence did not help him either.

The Blues gifted three goals to West Bromwich Albion inside the first 27 minutes which eased any pressure on the hosts considerably. Each time Chelsea conceded, the Baggies sat deeper and deeper inside their five-man defence and bank of four midfielders, making life much harder for any visiting attacker to find some space.

That said, there was one moment in the first half that Werner and his owners will view with regret. In the 14th minute, Mason Mount (£6.9m) finally managed to find some space around the back of left-back Conor Townsend (£4.5m), squaring to Werner, who crashed his short-range shot against Sam Johnstone‘s (£4.5m) crossbar.

Chelsea’s issues in other areas of the team then counted against Werner in the second half as Cesar Azpilicueta (£5.9m) replaced Marcos Alonso (£6.0m) and winger Callum Hudson-Odoi (£5.8m) came on for Mateo Kovačić (£5.5m).

With Hudson-Odoi on the pitch, who prefers to operate on the left-flank of attacking midfield as an inside forward, Lampard catered that with his formation tweak, shifting Werner onto the right-hand side.

“Callum (Hudson-Odoi) gave me everything I asked and wanted from him in terms of his ability to go one-on-one, trying to take people on. He got his goal. That’s what Callum needs to do. That’s the sort of impact he can have for us and it has to be consistent. He gave himself a great platform now to continue in that vain. He’ll be very important for us if he does.” – Frank Lampard

And when Olivier Giroud (£6.9m) took to the field in the place of Thiago Silva (£5.5m), enabling Lampard to pair the Frenchman with Abraham up-front in a 3-5-2, Werner was even further away from the danger areas.

During the final 15 minutes of the game, the only opportunity Chelsea’s number 11 had was when he emerged unmarked at the back post following a corner, only to see his powerful shot blocked by Kyle Bartley (£4.5m).

Would Chelsea have had to make these slew of changes to their side had they not gone 3-0 down in the opening half-an-hour? Almost certainly not. Would Werner have been better suited to this game had West Bromwich Albion not retreated into a deep block after a perfect start to the game? Almost certainly.

Perhaps that is the question his owners should consider ahead of the visit of Crystal Palace to Stamford Bridge in Gameweek 4. And even if Werner is deployed on the left-hand side of Chelsea’s attack again for that match, the Eagles’ have struggled to defend that area of the pitch in recent months. As Jan Sienkiewicz reminded us in a recent Captain Sensible article, the following left-sided players registered at least one attacking return facing them during Project Restart:

  • Sadio Mané (£11.9m) – goal
  • Harvey Barnes (£7.0m) – two assists
  • Christian Pulisic (£8.3m) – goal
  • Daniel Podence (£5.6m) – goal
  • Marcus Rashford (£9.5m) – goal and assist

Furthermore, the fitness of Pulisic and Hakim Ziyech (£7.9m) remain in the equation for Werner’s Fantasy appeal. The penetrative runs offered by the American, and Ziyech’s exceptionally creative abilities would have been the perfect tools to break down West Bromwich Albion’s deep block on Saturday, and could be important when facing Palace in Gameweek 4 – something to keep an eye on in Lampard’s upcoming press conferences.

Meanwhile, owners of Kai Havertz (£8.4m) are likely at a crossroads following his contribution to this game. Like Werner, the disastrous start to the game for Chelsea did take its toll, but a chance to operate as a number 10 produced the German’s best performance in a Premier League game so far.

Admittedly, he was making that improvement from a low base, but there were still encouraging signs. The question is: has it come soon enough for his 8.8% ownership to retain their faith for one more week.

In the 10th minute, Havertz picked the ball up on the right-hand edge of the penalty box and unleashed a powerful curling effort. Johnstone could not hold onto it, forced to punch it clear.

Then in the closing stages, the former Bayer Leverkusen man found some space in a central area of the penalty box, but his deflected shot went out for a corner.

And it was his link-up with Hudson-Odoi that got Chelsea closer to their hard-earned point in the 70th minute. That assist was his first attacking return of the season, making four a five-point score. Considering the interest in Blues assets this week, that is certainly less than was probably expected by his owners.

Chelsea’s ongoing defensive issues did not help Reece James‘ (£5.1m) Fantasy appeal, who has now blanked in two of his three Premier League outings this season.

Just as was the case against Brighton in Gameweek 1, the Blues were weakest in the full-back areas, and West Bromwich Albion were ruthless in capitalising on that at the Hawthorns.

In the fourth minute, a poor defensive header from Alonso landed at the feet of Matheus Pereira (£6.0m), who slid his pass across to Callum Robinson (£5.5m), who had escaped from James’ notice. He fired an effort across Willy Caballero (£4.9m) into the bottom corner, securing a third attacking return in as many matches for Pereira.

“I didn’t blame the players, I stated the facts on the clear mistakes that led to the goals. It is always going to be difficult in a game like this. It is not a tactical moment, it is a turnover in possession which we spoke about before.” – Frank Lampard

It may also be a little while until Silva adds much-needed stability to Chelsea’s backline as he slipped and gifted possession to Robinson for the third goal. It was Alonso who lost Bartley for the third goal, although it was poor awareness from James that played the West Bromwich Albion defender onside.

“Thiago Silva is going to be fantastic for us. He has been incredible in his career and absolutely, I will not look at him. I can talk about the mistakes, they are clear and I am open and honest about that. We are a team but we have to react around that and, to be fair, the team did in the second half. But, there is nothing on Thiago, I am sure he will stand up and say it was a mistake. But other than that, I thought he was pretty faultless in the game.” – Frank Lampard

Chelsea were much more secure with Azpilicueta coming on at left-back and they should have Edouard Mendy (£5.0m) in goal by the time they face Crystal Palace. Chelsea traditionally more porous in away games, having conceded 42 goals in 21 road trips since the start of last season, more than any other Premier League side since the start of last season. Although the Eagles might not be the best side to face at home right now, as Roy Hodgson’s men have recently developed a propensity for frustrating top-six sides on their own turf.

Meanwhile, the quality of James’ attacking contributions were not quite up to his usual standard at the Hawthorns.

His best pass arrived at the foot of Abraham in the 11th minute, which the striker skied horribly, but aside from that, James’ delivery was all about quantity and not quality. While he fired in a slew of crosses into the box all night, against a three-man defence, he struggled to find his team-mates too often.

Furthermore, James’ delivery from corners was also rather substandard, Chelsea offering much more in that department once Mount took over responsibility for them. As has been mentioned before, James is likely to lose corners and indirect free-kicks from his locker as soon as Ziyech returns to fitness anyway.

West Bromwich Albion XI (5-4-1): Johnstone; C Townsend, O’Shea, Bartley, Ajayi, Furlong; Diangana (M Phillips 74′), Sawyers, Livermore, M Pereira (Field 90+1′); C Robinson (Robson-Kanu 66′).

Chelsea XI (4-2-3-1): Caballero; Alonso (Azpilicueta 46′), T Silva (Giroud 73′), Christensen, R James; Kovačić (Hudson-Odoi 46′), Kanté; Werner, Havertz, Mount; Abraham.

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2,175 Comments Post a Comment
  1. tc93
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 8 days ago

    Thoughts on this WC team? Give me a quick 1 or 2- I'm split between playing a 3-4-3 and a 3-5-2. Any feedback appreciated lads!

    1) 3-5-2
    Martinez
    TAA / Saiss / James
    Salah / KDB / JRod / Foden / Barnes
    Jiminez / DCL

    Button, Lamptey, Bissoma, Brewster (if he gets his move)

    2) 3-4-3
    Martinez
    TAA / Semedo / Taylor (will rotate with Lamptey)
    Salah / KDB / JRod / Podence
    Jiminez / DCL / Ings

    Button, Lamptey, Bissoma, Brewster (if he gets his move)

    Cheers

    1. The Knights Template
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      1

      1. tc93
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        Reasons?

    2. W
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      Need to swap brewster with a def mate

      1. tc93
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        I'm gonna assess on saturday if hes gonna get his move or not- if it looks likely he's 100% in.. if not hes defo out

    3. PhoggyRatherGroggy
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      1

      1. PhoggyRatherGroggy
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        Prefer upgraded D, Foden and Barnes over podence and Ings

        1. tc93
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 8 days ago

          fair.. I'm leaning towards that too

  2. The Knights Template
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 8 days ago

    Soucekbell rising, keep believing, keep clapping!

    1. NABIL - 1 season 1der
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      Clapping like hell..

  3. NABIL - 1 season 1der
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 8 days ago

    The ultimate upside chasing this week is not Werner to Ings or Jimmy.

    But it is Salah to Auba (c).

    You read it here first

    1. Rolls-Royce
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      Good shout, can go horribly wrong though

      1. NABIL - 1 season 1der
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        2 away games for Salah, while Mane is healthy. I'm taking my chances

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

      If I had both I'd def do Werner to Ings. Your proposal exposes the problem with UC, imo.
      You lose Salah v Villa, and after captaining Auba for one game you have to lose him as City is up next. There's no room for further transfers, and we're talking the GW the transfer window closes and players return from International duty either injured or quarantined.

      1. TorresMagic™
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        Auba loves playing City.

      2. NABIL - 1 season 1der
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        Agree that if people have both, Werner out is a priority. Luckily I don't have him.

        Auba loves City. City look leaky. Salah poor away. Sheffield is kak.

        It's written in the stars. For the brave souls

    3. Flair
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      2 months, 8 days ago

      Will probably just toss the (C) on KDB

      1. NABIL - 1 season 1der
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        Good shout nonetheless. But City left the stadium last night with question marks.

        Sheffield at home is juicy.

        1. Flair
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          2 months, 8 days ago

          Were Sheffied United that bad? Don't think so myself, from watching the game.

          1. Flair
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            2 months, 8 days ago

            1.47 xGA conceded, yes they were.

            1. NABIL - 1 season 1der
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 8 days ago

              They missed Henderson badly

              Now JOC is gone too

              1. Flair
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                2 months, 8 days ago

                Egan still suspended?

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

                No they didn't - Ramsdale was excellent. Egan back next week I think but need to check. JOC is a big loss, but the 2 kids coped marvellously.

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

            I was thinking it was a damned fine 0-0 match until the late goal. But Blades did play well, and they won't be in relegation trouble. They're patched up defence was fine but their chronic problem is lack of a decent finisher. That will haunt them, but there's not a soft touch at the back to target for captain options, imo.

            1. Flair
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              2 months, 8 days ago

              Brewster needs to hurry up!

    4. Goonsquad245
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      Or just leave the cap on Salah, who plays for a far better team against an equal or worse defence?

  4. Karan14
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 8 days ago

    Anyone keeping Werner for this week?

    1. Old Man
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      Yes, but have Son to sort out.

      1. Karan14
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        I might have Podence to sort out.

        1. Alexis Nonsense
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 8 days ago

          Unless Podence is out for long, he's worth keeping imo

          Fixtures, and besides Jimenez their best player

          I rate him much higher than Traoré

          1. Karan14
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 8 days ago

            Yes their attack was quite blunt yesterday so I would expect Podence to come straight back in if he's fit this week.

          2. Sterling Archer
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 8 days ago

            and surely after such a shocking display Podence gets straight back in the team

    2. Rolls-Royce
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      No, unless another injury pops up. Werner could be down by 0.3 till Saturday.

      1. Karan14
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        0.3 looks very unlikely

        1. Rolls-Royce
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 8 days ago

          It will speed up come Thu/Friday

          1. Karan14
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 8 days ago

            Yes he'll surely drop another 0.1m.

            Who are you replacing him with?

            1. Rolls-Royce
              • 6 Years
              2 months, 8 days ago

              Ings. Set and forget.

    3. Flair
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      2 months, 8 days ago

      Debating the switch to Ings, not sure though.

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

        I'm looking to do this tonight as my application of Upside Chasing (which has been a disaster so far).

        1. Flair
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          2 months, 8 days ago

          Issue for me is why take out Werner when Pulisic and Ziyech are returning. But it seems pointless to debate the "ifs", Ings is firing here and now, excellent player and can hit 25+ this season.

          Been a disastrous start for me too, but lots of time left and the season itself is topsy turvy so far. Just need to start nailing the (C) and hope the players return!

          1. Karan14
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 8 days ago

            I'm not even sure now if Pulisic & Ziyech will improve his output and it looks like they won't be back until after IB. I don't think Lampard knows his best 11 and with CL kicking in after IB it might get much worse before it gets better.

            1. Flair
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              2 months, 8 days ago

              IB is GW5, so it's a 1 week wait. You're not wrong though, weird situation to be in. I'm inclined to hold but seems foolish to ignore Ingsy.

              1. Karan14
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 8 days ago

                Yup I'm really confused tbh. Ings looks in great form and has got pens too now. 20 goals looks certain for him. I didn't own him at all last season and I know how much it hurts.

                1. Flair
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  2 months, 8 days ago

                  I owned him at all the wrong times last season, it wasn't great. Don't even feel like thinking about FPL right now tbh, just want to bank a FT and have two for the international break. Ingsy will blank and Werner will brace with my decision making so far!

      2. Karan14
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        Yeah I'm considering Ings too but saving FT might be the smart play after being burnt for every transfer I make.

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

          Yeah, I was determined to hold and take 2FT into the break, but in the light of this GWs performances, I'm loathed to captain either Werner or Kev.

          1. Karan14
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 8 days ago

            I have 0 expectations from Werner now. Even if I keep him it'll probably be for another week and pray that he scores a goal. He's definitely not a captain option for me anymore.

        2. Flair
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          2 months, 8 days ago

          Was thinking the exact same haha

        3. Rolls-Royce
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 8 days ago

          Ings and DCL are the two most in-form strikers in the league. Ings only needs half a chance to score atm and WBA ship chances to strikers for fun. Let's not get fooled by that Chelsea result.

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

            The significant part of the Chelsea result is the 3 Baggies conceded. They've not conceded less than 3 goals a game so far, which is what makes them an irresistable target.

          2. Karan14
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 8 days ago

            I know Ings looks like a much better option and I don't disagree. Already have DCL & Jimenez so he's my only option but I've been so unlucky with him. I feel if I get him he'll stop scoring lol 😛

    4. Tambling5
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      Kept going for three weeks, and another week might make it clearer. Chasing value seems a dodgy business this year.

    5. Zilla
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      Son gave no chances.

    6. GreennRed
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      No. Looked poor v West Brom. Maybe get him back in a few weeks.

  5. AnfieldLad
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 8 days ago

    This week has been ridiculous but remember it’s better to do badly in a low scoring week.

    Average is 29 atm so if you’re on 15 you’re only 14 below average. If you do badly in a high scoring week (say average is 75 and you score 40) that is much worse!

    1. Rolls-Royce
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      Agreed. We all suffer together this week.

    2. Tambling5
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      It's true, but bear in mind players on here have already added on any points they know the will get from subs, while official stats do all that at the end.

  6. KAPTAIN KANE
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 8 days ago

    Soucek the new Werner! Avoids the drop

    1. El Niño Yanqui
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      Soucek has more shots on goal than Werner

      Werner is on Tammy alert

      With Pulisic and Zychek getting healthy, gets interesting

  7. Miguel Sanchez
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 8 days ago

    Who is on pens for Villa?

    1. Rolls-Royce
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      Jack of all trades

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

      Grealish, 7m. Bargain!

      1. Baines on Toast...
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        You have to get into the opposition penalty area to win to win a penalty

  8. Rolls-Royce
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 8 days ago

    Guessing with that abysmal Wolves display, Podence gets straight into the starting XI if fit?

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

      Huge 'if' there, though.

      1. Rolls-Royce
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        Nuno said, he should start training this week, so their's hope.

    2. Flair
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      2 months, 8 days ago

      He'd better

    3. Karan14
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      I expect him to start "if" he's fit. Traore & Neto were invisible.

  9. tc93
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 8 days ago

    Andy- if your on the comments right now- whats your on this WC team? Give me a quick 1 or 2- I'm split between playing a 3-4-3 and a 3-5-2. Any advice/feedback appreciated! Subscribed and been following for a while

    1) 3-5-2
    Martinez
    TAA / Saiss / James
    Salah / KDB / JRod / Foden / Barnes
    Jiminez / DCL

    Button, Lamptey, Bissoma, Brewster (if he gets his move)

    2) 3-4-3
    Martinez
    TAA / Semedo / Taylor (will rotate with Lamptey)
    Salah / KDB / JRod / Podence
    Jiminez / DCL / Ings

    Button, Lamptey, Bissoma, Brewster (if he gets his move)

    Cheers

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

      Me?

      1. tc93
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        ye!

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

          Okay, well. I'd definitely want 3 up top, so a 343 due to the bargains in the 8.5 to 6m striker bracket. That rules out your option 2 as you have 4 strikers! So lose Brewster - he'd be a burden anyway. That would give you a damn good midfield (subject to Podders being fit) and front 3.

          Goalies - fine. Defence - TAA, Lamptey - certainly.
          I'd hold back on Semedo - he didn't look right last night, and not Taylor as Burnley are in trouble with the injured centre backs. So 3 other defenders - not sure how much budget is left but maybe 3x4.5s that rotate should do.

          1. tc93
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 8 days ago

            ooops that was a mistake- in no.2 I had Michell on the bench

          2. tc93
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 8 days ago

            So option 3- with the 3-4-3 is:

            Martinez
            TAA / Saiss / Lamptey (will rotate with Ayling)
            Salah / KDB / JRod / Podence
            Jiminez / DCL / Ings

            Steer, Ayling, Bissouma, Michell

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

              Yes yes yes - that looks excellent.
              Tiny insignificant detail - not Steer. He'll likely be a 3rd choice when Heaton is back. Choose a 2nd choice backup who just might get a game: Forster, Button, Peacock are all 4m options.

              1. tc93
                • 2 Years
                2 months, 8 days ago

                okay cheers mate I'll go with that

              2. tc93
                • 2 Years
                2 months, 8 days ago

                are you still backing James to do well over the course of the season?

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

                  Reece James? No.
                  JRod - definitely.

  10. Tambling5
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 8 days ago

    How about Werner/Son to Ings/Fernandez for -4. Not wildcarded yet.

    Rams; Robbo, James, Dier, KWP, Taylor; Sterling, Son, Havertz, Zaha, Soucek; Werner, DCL Wilson

  11. Christina.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 8 days ago

    So Saiss, Podence and Jimenerz have ZER0 points between them.
    lol

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

      Yup, and that's how I closed out my GW. Had better.

    2. Karan14
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      Funny thing is Wolves won all their 4 previous games against West Ham without conceding a single goal.

      It feels like the FPL Gods are against me.

    3. Tambling5
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      Wolves have lost Jota and Doherty, who were pretty crucial totheir counter attacking past couple of years, so I've been a bit puzzled why everyone so confident they were going to roll teams over. Jimi only one I'm considering currently.

      1. Silent Friend
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        Neto, Podence better than Jota
        Semedo will get better than Doherty

        1. Tambling5
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 8 days ago

          Yes but they need time to gel as we saw yesterday!

        2. El Niño Yanqui
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 6 days ago

          Could be...

          Semedo is a curious case. He just got jettisoned from footballer heaven. Cast out and called unworthy. Wolves are like being relegated for a Barca guy.

          A) does he fight like a tiger to get back?
          B) does he need to sulk for a while?

          Ex Barcelona guys do great at Bayern. Not sure about other places.

    4. Rasping Drive
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      Yeah, went into that game with 15 pts and 6 to play, came out of it with 15 pts with 3 to play. Happy days!

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

      Yep. Picked all 3 from the start. Sorry I jinxed you.
      But on the Podence thing, it says knock, while Nuno complains about covid test results not returning soon enough.
      Does he even have a knock ?
      Are we just waiting on a pos/neg test ?
      Podence missed training 2 days before game. We got a lot of unqualified warning ...... but it was unqualified.
      That's the importance of having cover this season I believe.
      I covered Podence. Did you ?

    6. El Niño Yanqui
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      Who could have predicted a Vardy hattrick on MCI while Jimi and Wolves get smoked and rocky stomped by West Spam!

  12. Rasping Drive
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    2 months, 8 days ago

    Do we know how long Son will be out for? Any chance he comes back after the intl break?

    1. Karan14
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      Hamstring mate. I'd say he's out for minimum 1 month.

      1. Rasping Drive
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        Yeah, that makes sense, thanks; didn’t show any discomfort though, at least not as far as I could see.

    2. Goonsquad245
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      Every chance he could be, but I’ve sold as had the cash for KDB. I’d definitely wait for news if you’re downgrading though, especially with 1 FT

  13. Brosstan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 8 days ago

    Im capping Ings next game week. Anyone else?

    1. Wrong Captain Choice - Ag i…
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      Good option. I am backing the Man City lads v Leeds - I have both KDB and Sterling.

  14. Lord Bendtner
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 8 days ago

    So I caught the price rise on Jimenez and got him before he started his game, and the son gets injured. Should I take another -4 hit for upcoming GW to replace son. I have 1.4 in the bank (not enough for Bruno), and if so who would you get.

    1. Wrong Captain Choice - Ag i…
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      Zaha

    2. GreennRed
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      No. Keep the points and take the price drop.

    3. El Niño Yanqui
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      Depends on how who you can get to replace him

      There are many interesting players below 9 to replace Son

  15. Geraaaard
      2 months, 8 days ago

      Have werner, son and podence.
      Want to change werner but only have 1 ft. Who do i get to replace son? And do i need to transfer out werner for -4 or just wait another week? Thanks

      1. Lord Bendtner
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        Leave Timo one more week he's playing at home and they'll probably score some goals

        1. Geraaaard
            2 months, 8 days ago

            Who do i get to replace son?

          • Society
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 8 days ago

            Oh, what poor advice.
            The longer you play anyone, the more likely they are to score goals.

            1. Wild Rover
              • 10 Years
              2 months, 8 days ago

              So you are saying he is right then?

            2. GreennRed
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 8 days ago

              He probably has a better chance of scoring in GW4 than Son.............

        2. rjcv177
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 8 days ago

          For me...two more weeks and then out for Ings

          1. Geraaaard
              2 months, 8 days ago

              Already have ings. My other striker is mitro. I played 3-4-3.

          2. The Suspended One
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 7 days ago

            Son first, start Werner v palace and hope he plays up front

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

          Did you read it ?
          I didn't even bother.
          The longer I have FFS membership, the more I feel they're leading us astray.

          1. The Suspended One
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 7 days ago

            Ask for a refund

        4. KICKandRUSH
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 8 days ago

          I don't get it.
          2 assists for Liverpool players when the ball came from an Arsenal player?
          Did they change the rules for this in FPL?

          1. The Suspended One
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 7 days ago

            Same rules as always

        5. fgdu
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 8 days ago

          Wildcard active
          Rate my team

          McCarthy
          TAA Mitchell Justin
          Mane De Bruyne Soucek Salah
          Bamford Ings DCL

          Any good? Can also do Fernandes + Costagne instead of Mitchell + Mane, which is likely a better pick.

          1. GreennRed
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 8 days ago

            Looks good. Who are your other subs? Maybe Fernández for Salah or Mane but Justin is enough Leicester defensive cover, Cs are scarce right now but hhopefully that will turn. Upgrade McCarthy and Soucek.

        6. GreennRed
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 8 days ago

          Who did Jota replace tonight?

          1. Nimby
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 8 days ago

            Mane.

            1. GreennRed
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 8 days ago

              Cheers.

        7. El Niño Yanqui
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 7 days ago

          Despite what 13 year old Chelsea fans will say;

          Havertz is way less than Mount and not really better than Loftus Cheek or Hudson Odoi

          Werner is an expensive Giroud

          Both these clowns will be Fulham players in 3 years.

          1. The Suspended One
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 7 days ago

            Quick someone give this guy a job, he really knows so much more than the rest of us!

          2. The Hunt
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            2 months, 7 days ago

            I think Werner's legs are too short for his body tbh.

            1. The Hunt
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 11 Years
              2 months, 7 days ago

              ...and they don't even give him a low centre of gravity.

        8. El Niño Yanqui
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 7 days ago

          Imagine:

          Salah - Mane - Jota starring for Liverpool?

          Firmino is actually useless

          Firmino would not Even start for Everton

        9. Disturbed
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 7 days ago

          Is Justin’s game time going to be a concern soon? Looking for a nailed replacement for davies.

          1. El Niño Yanqui
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 7 days ago

            4.5 on Justin should not be burning a hole in your pocket.

            Plus he is a live wire. The kid knows that he is playing his future.

            He plays hungry

        10. zman575
            2 months, 7 days ago

            Hey guys, so this is my current team after an 8 point hit this week to bring in vardy barnes and foden on saturday night (before sons injury and vardys hattrick).

            mccarthy steer
            taa justin mitchell taylor vinagre
            son salah barnes foden anguissa
            dcl jimi vardy

            Which of the following would you guys do about son.

            A. Hold with current team and move son on next week, benching him this week for taylor away at newcastle.

            B. Bring traore in for anguissa (ive got 2 mil in the bank) for an extra 4 point hit taking my total hit up to 12 points which is obviously huge but could be well rewarded with those wolves and leicester fixtures over the coming weeks.

            C. Bring Mahrez/Greenwood or even Puli/Ziyech (if they are back) for son again for an extra 4 point hit taking my total points hit up to 12 for the week.

            I dont mind a hit if i think the player will more than outscore his replacement by 4 points and especially if its over a 2-3 game period like mahrez or traore.

            Option D - Wildcard (not keen on this)!

            Let me know your thoughts please guys!

            1. Geraaaard
                2 months, 7 days ago

                You have to transfer out son. £9 player sitting on the bench is such a waste.

                1. zman575
                    2 months, 7 days ago

                    who for would you suggest. i plan on getting rid next week. the only option under 9 mil is mahrez imo.would rather wait a week then bring in kdb or kane

                    1. Geraaaard
                        2 months, 7 days ago

                        Zaha, barnes, rodriguez?

                        Im also still contemplating between those midfielders.

                        I Have werner that im still not sure to hold or sell this week.

                        1. zman575
                            2 months, 7 days ago

                            got barnes already/ im looking at zaha after the everton game but dont think he will do much away at an inform everton. i personally think you should sell. vardy over him is a no brainer for me. vards has fixtures and form werner has fixtures but without puli and ziyech next to him and in a new league. im surprised the millions went for him to begin with. first rule of fantasy never pick a player new to the prem lol

                            1. Geraaaard
                                2 months, 6 days ago

                                Yes thinking about vardy, but the injury thing during last match kept me from doing it.

                                Kane / vardy / jimi + zaha / barnes / rodriguez

                                Or

                                Ricarlinson / DCL + fernandes / sterling

                                1. zman575
                                    2 months, 6 days ago

                                    defo option a bro no doubt. also rogers said vardy is fine.

                      • SOTHPAW
                        • 2 Years
                        2 months, 7 days ago

                        James starting at the weekend with Azpi playing tonight?

                        1. The Hunt
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 11 Years
                          2 months, 7 days ago

                          Azpi non-essential.