Scout Notes

Vardy and Barnes blank as Antonio runs Leicester defence ragged

LEICESTER CITY 0-3 WEST HAM UNITED

  • Goals: Michail Antonio (£6.3m), Pablo Fornals (£6.4m), Jarrod Bowen (£6.3m)
  • Assists: Aaron Cresswell (£4.9m) x2, Fornals
  • Bonus: Cresswell x3, Antonio, Fornals x2

West Ham put in a third consecutive impressive performance on Sunday, with several FPL assets set for watchlists at a minimum for the club’s fixture turn in Gameweek 8.

Chief among those is Michail Antonio (£6.3m), who will be under immediate consideration after an all-action showing at the King Power stadium.

West Ham’s opener after 13 minutes was Antonio from start to finish. In typical bustling style, the striker won a free-kick from Caglar Soyuncu (£5.5m) on the right-hand side of the pitch.

A switch to the opposite flank saw Aaron Cresswell (£4.9m) swing in an excellent cross to the back post, where Antonio was waiting to head across Kasper Schmeichel (£5.0m) into the net.

Despite registering just one attacking return, Antonio still managed to pick up two bonus points.

That was mostly thanks to Pablo Fornals (£6.4m) picking up a second-half yellow card, though top-bonus earner Cresswell was slightly fortunate to be so far ahead in the post-match BPS standings.

Fornals doubled Leicester’s lead after 34 minutes, with West Ham’s left centre-back earning a second assist. The midfielder pulled Cresswell’s upfield punt from the sky before advancing to shoot past Schmeichel from inside the area.

FALLING ON VARD TIMES

Cresswell’s second slice of luck came to the chagrin of a multitude of FPL bosses, as the VAR picked up on a marginal offside to deny Harvey Barnes (£7.1m) a goal from a Jamie Vardy (£10.1m) pass.

Barnes began an intricate passing move as the final whistle approached, with substitute Kelechi Iheanacho (£5.8m) also involved before Vardy – from an ever-so-slightly offisde position – rolled the ball onwards for Barnes to finish sweetly.

“It’s huge. You can see that on the reaction from Lukasz Fabianski and Angelo Ogbonna when Jamie Vardy didn’t score, and the VAR as well.

It is really important to them. I am not sure how important it was to them previously but you can see just how much that means to them.” – Alan Irvine

As Irvine – who again stood in for David Moyes – pointed out, Vardy had a big chance to get a Leicester consolation after 89 minutes.

Released by an Iheanacho pass, the striker flicked the ball beyond an on-rushing Fabianski but also past the keeper’s left-hand post.

On his team’s performance, Brendan Rodgers admitted:

We were nowhere near it today. West Ham were excellent. You need to be good at the counter-press to stop them counter-attacking and we weren’t good enough.

Technically we weren’t at the level either. Too many passes going out of play. We got what we deserved. We could never make the last pass or find the quality to give Jamie the service he needs.

Our attacking structure wasn’t very good. We missed Dennis Praet (£5.5m) and James Maddison (£7.0m) who give us that bit of quality.

Maddison was ruled out of the clash with a calf injury, while a knee problem sustained in Gameweek 3 saw Praet fail to make the matchday squad.

BOWEN WELL

It is now three goals in two games for Jarrod Bowen (£6.3m), who scored West Ham’s third on the break following fine work from Declan Rice (£4.9m).

The defensive midfielder – who had earlier struck the crossbar after a marauding run – broke the Leicester press from deep to find Fornals, whose through ball was swept home in now-trademark style by his attacking midfield counterpart.

Following the match, Bowen said:

Clean sheet and three goals. We were solid without the ball and had chances and looked dangerous on the break. A perfect away performance. I think everyone is buzzing. To score four last week and three this week against very good teams shows where we want to be this season.

You can see the workrate Michail shows. He pulled off to the back stick and what a header it was. He is a great lad and unplayable on his day.

Irvine, deputising due to Moyes having tested positive for Covid-19 almost two weeks ago, added:

Our shape in and out of possession was fantastic. The workrate and ability to fill in for each other, everything we have been working on and asking for. We could have scored more against a very good team. I am delighted.

[David] is doing very well from the living room. He has been involved in everything. He picks the team, we talk about training and substitutions in games. He deserves the credit.

New signing Vladimir Coufal (£4.5m) had an impressive debut at right wing-back, which probably ends any chance of Ben Johnson (£4.0m) emerging as a viable budget defender for the time being.

Irvine said of the Czech Republic international:

I have to be honest, it was a big decision for David to make. [Coufal] has only had two sessions with us. We know his quality and experience but we didn’t know how he would fit in the team.

He picked up the messages we gave him really well. It was a great performance. What a debut.

WING-BACK TO BASICS

Rodgers set his side up in a 3-4-3 formation, matching West Ham’s tactical set-up, though an injury to right-sided centre-back Daniel Amartey (£4.0m) saw a switch to 4-2-3-1 on 55 minutes before Iheanacho’s introduction soon after meant the Foxes ended in a 4-4-2.

On Amartey, Rodgers explained:

Looks like a hamstring, which is unfortunate. We will get confirmation of that.

The Leicester boss added on his side:

Everything was missing. It was poor. It is easy to tell the truth. We started the season well and scored goals but we lacked aggression in our defending and West Ham have shown they are a good side.

We rushed the game and then gave away two poor goals. It gave us a mountain to climb. They deserved to win.

They set up to deny us space in behind, really, so we have to deal with that, and we had enough of the ball to create opportunities.

We lacked precision in our pass and gave it away so easily. From that aspect, we made it really difficult for ourselves.

They were good defensively and on the counter-attack. We didn’t see the performance coming from us.

FPL bosses can relate to that last line from Rodgers, with a topsy-turvy season in terms of form making it difficult to pin down transfer targets.

However, if Rodgers continues with a back-three system then Timothy Castagne (£5.7m) and James Justin (£4.7m) will continue to appeal despite a lacklustre defensive showing in Gameweek 4.

Leicester XI (3-4-3): Schmeichel; Soyuncu, Evans, Amartey (Ünder 55′); Justin, Mendy (Choudhury 88′), Tielemans, Castagne; Barnes Vardy, Perez (Iheanacho 63′).

West Ham XI (3-4-3): Fabianski; Cresswell, Ogbonna, Balbuena; Masuaku, Rice, Soucek, Coufal; Fornals, Antonio (Haller 88′), Bowen (Noble 88′).

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1,506 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Ings_is_the_king
      1 month, 26 days ago

      FTs done. Is my team alright now?
      Ryan, Forster
      TAA, Digne, Saiss, Justin, Mitchell
      Sterling, Son, Grealish, Hamez, Bissouma
      Ings, Jimenez, DCL
      After GW8 it will be Son and Jimenez to Salah and Watkins/6.5m forward.

    • riot
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      'Czech mate'

      Nice one lads

    • Jacky boy
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      thoughts on Dias ?

      1. Pukki Blinders
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Gw10 onward may consider

    • Kakashi Of The Leaf
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Thoughts on this WC.

      Ryan 4.0
      Robbo Reguilon Chilwell Lamptey 4.0
      Salah Son Pulisic Barkley 4.5
      Kane Jimenez Bamford

      1. Miguel Sanchez
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        No Rodriguez?

        1. Kakashi Of The Leaf
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Nahh. Have gone for Pulisic instead.
          This is a punt i am willing to take.
          Everton are playing fantastic football but Liverpool will just do enough to beat them.

          1. Nomar
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            Not so sure of that after last night.

          2. Zilla
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            That's very debatable on current form and you don't WC for just 1 GW.

    • Mr. O'Connell
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Wonder how much value im gonna lose by holding off on transfers til after press conferences...

      Werner could be 9.1...

    • Brosstan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Are people really selling TAA?? He's a 7.5 defender who lets in 7 goals a game and has Adrian in goal behind him, and is less attacking than his 7.0 counterpart, but he is on some direct free kicks so he's a bargain!!

      1. Kakashi Of The Leaf
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Robbo much better in all the 4 games played.

        1. mynameisq
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          And yet only 5 points ahead of TAA

      2. Pukki Blinders
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 26 days ago

        He had no pre season, I’m sure he’ll settle

      3. Nomar
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Pivotal moment.

        Lots may sell now. If he comes good after IB, though, it'll mean multiple transfers to get him back.

        I have to decide what to do with him myself, as £7.5m for no CS's and no attacking returns is clearly unacceptable.

      4. Tinkermania
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Robbo has been standing too close when TAA is taking a free kick. I feel like he is putting him off.

      5. Oooo Matron
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        I certainly wouldn't want both at the moment. For 7+ defender clean sheets are the bare minimum.

    • diabydoesgallas
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Woke up to see I’m into the top 4K. Have a bit of a nosebleed at the moment, is it usually the wise choice to wildcard from a position of strength.. or save it for further down the line? (Haven’t owned any Leicester or Everton all season so kind of tempted to bring them in, but the team looks good otherwise).

      1. diabydoesgallas
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        No city either I should add

      2. Tinkermania
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Congratulations. There is no 'usually'. Depends on your team. Could keep firing or could start blanking.

        1. diabydoesgallas
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Thanks! Yeah it’s the unpredictability of this season that makes me wonder what I’d even upgrade to, but wondering if it’s a matter of time til no city comes back to haunt me.

      3. Pukki Blinders
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 26 days ago

        No Leicester or Everton and top 4k? Is that a magic trick?

        1. diabydoesgallas
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Haha, I know, have kept faith with son & Kane so far which has made up for the Everton boys. And have nailed the captaincy each week. But feel like I’m definitely getting away with a bit!

      4. Joey Tribbiani
          1 month, 26 days ago

          You are in top 4k without ANY everton? wow!

          1. diabydoesgallas
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            Yeah.. don’t listen to those guys who claim fpl isn’t all about luck 😀

        • Az
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          can you link your team? 😀

        • Hotdogs for Tea
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          i think you will have bigger fires to put out if a few of your premiums catch covid, which is very likely

          1. diabydoesgallas
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            That’s a very good point actually. Will save for now. Thanks!

            1. Hotdogs for Tea
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 26 days ago

              I am taking 2 transfers every week to change the balance of my team, it’s doesn’t always work (missed Son & Vardy hauls) but keeps the team ticking over

              Desperately trying not to WC out of convenience rather than necessity 🙂

              1. diabydoesgallas
                • 6 Years
                1 month, 26 days ago

                Sounds like an interesting approach. definitely better than wasting a wildcard really early on with so many unknowns. Hope it works out for you!

                1. Hotdogs for Tea
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  1 month, 26 days ago

                  trying to stack my team against weaker opposition, rotate keepers, not be afraid of selling players like KDB & Salah for a one week punt on a different premium player ... great fun but big downside and mental grief when it doesn’t work 🙂

                  1. diabydoesgallas
                    • 6 Years
                    1 month, 26 days ago

                    I like it. Just keep in mind that it’s a long season - mucking up one week won’t do you any major harm!

      5. Joey Tribbiani
          1 month, 26 days ago

          That Barnes disallowed goal was first major VAR decision gone against me in FPL, I guess Iv been lucky but now I know how it feels

          1. Brosstan
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            Yes that is just massive luck if that was your first one. I can count 10+ that went against me last season. I also own Barnes now 🙂

            1. Joey Tribbiani
                1 month, 26 days ago

                I remember celebrating all the armpit decisions last year 😀

          2. ElliotJHP
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            This season I've managed to dodge Son's points like Neo in the matrix, every move I've had has involved him!

            Might ignore him for a week, West Ham look quite sharp. Roll FT?

            Martinez
            Trent Lamptey Mitchell
            Kdb (c) Foden Salah Barnes
            DCL Ings Jimenez

            Steer Saiss Burke James

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

            WC this team?

            Mccarthy Peacock
            Shaw TAA Holding KWP Douglas
            Salah KDB Rodriguez Bruno Podence
            Jimi Mitrovic Vassilev

            1. Bucket Man
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 26 days ago

              Midfield nice I’d move Holding or Shaw on for someone. Chilwell/Lamptey

          4. Bucket Man
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            Glad I didn’t Wildcard. Awful start but crazy too and I need to step back after disappointment. Main issues Martial, Podence and Mitrovic and annoying I can’t ever save a FT but is what it is. Son the only player I’m desperate for as well, my team is OK just isn’t scoring. 1FT 0.5ITB

            McCarthy, Steer
            TAA, Castange, Ayling, Taylor, Mitchell
            Salah, KDB, Rodriguez, Podence, Bissouma
            Martial, Ings, Mitrovic

            Guess I should wait despite price changes but Martial to DCL or even Brewster and then Bissouma to Son next GW.

            1. Oooo Matron
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 26 days ago

              Mitrovic has some good fixtures next, if he's gonna score it will be these games. Fulham improved massively yesterday so could still be a good pick. Easy move to Watkins, Maupay etc if not.

              1. Bucket Man
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 26 days ago

                Yes. They were at least tighter at the back. He is their main threat with some OK fixtures so have to remain patient for now I guess with other problems. As people are saying hard to predict who is scoring when this season as well.

          5. Bolton’s Wanderers
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            1 month, 26 days ago

            WC activated! Thoughts on the below?

            Martinez
            Castagne Robbo Chilwell Saiss
            Son Salah JRod Grealish
            Kane DCL

            Nyland Brewster Biss Mitchell

            1. bitm2007
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 26 days ago

              Looks good based on current form.

              1. Bolton’s Wanderers
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                1 month, 26 days ago

                Thoughts being if Kane drops off he is an easy downgrade to then load up the midfield more. Choice each week of playing Saiss / Brewster / Biss depending on fixtures with all others fairly fixture proof.

            2. Oooo Matron
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 26 days ago

              Would rather have Maupay, Wood, Mitrovic, Wilson etc than Castagne.

              1. Bolton’s Wanderers
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                1 month, 26 days ago

                I'm still unsure on Castagne but looked like he might rise so drafted him in so that I don't miss out if I choose to go that route.

          6. Az
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • Has Moderation Rights
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            I still can't get over Granville's transfers..

            Watkins and J.Rod OUT for Soucek and Jimenez

            #laugh #cry

            1. Bolton’s Wanderers
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              1 month, 26 days ago

              That's got to hurt!

            2. TheDragon
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 26 days ago

              They were perfectly reasonable transfers too

              I do feel for all of you creating FPL content as getting a good ra k this season is going to need a huge slice of luck

            3. bitm2007
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 26 days ago

              I'm as bad transferred out Son and J.Rod.

            4. Joey Tribbiani
                1 month, 26 days ago

                Oh no... now my Bruno out doesn't seem bad at all

                1. Tinkermania
                  • 1 Year
                  1 month, 26 days ago

                  Of course. He is 10.5m Milivolevic!

                  1. Brosstan
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 6 Years
                    1 month, 26 days ago

                    Twice the price,4 times as a many penalties... Seems great value for me

                  2. Az
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • Has Moderation Rights
                    • 11 Years
                    1 month, 26 days ago

                    I called that on the first Scoutcast and got slated xD

              • Flair
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                1 month, 26 days ago

                Brutal...

              • riot
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                1 month, 26 days ago

                Can't wait for blackbox mate

              • Forza
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 26 days ago

                JRod out and Soucek in was highly questionable IMO, even before hindsight.

            5. Atimis
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 26 days ago

              How would you use the last ST spot along Kane and DCL?

              Maupay, Wilson, maybe even Ings or Vardy?

              Maupay is very tempting at least for the next 2.

              1. ElliotJHP
                • 8 Years
                1 month, 26 days ago

                Maupay nice placeholder for Antonio, or just go Antonio now. Top scorer since the restart aye

              2. Bolton’s Wanderers
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                1 month, 26 days ago

                I can't look past Brewster for that 3rd spot. Playing (or at least should be for what they paid for him) 4.5m striker frees up so much for elsewhere

              3. jomikijiq
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 26 days ago

                Maupay/Watkins and then Antonio from GW8

            6. dinomyte
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 26 days ago

              I feel like price changes can be so harsh and inconsistent. I started off with Ayoze Perez as my differential this year (let's not talk about that choice) and he started with a 2.2% tsb and has already dropped .2 mil. I figured low ownership would save me a little on dropping, at least after the first drop. Also, started Vassilev as my one bench fodder because he had such low ownership at 1.1% that he would also be somewhat safe from drops. Did that many people burn a transfer on him or do wildcards actually count for price changes?

              1. Joey Tribbiani
                  1 month, 26 days ago

                  Ownership from 2.2 to 1.6 (now) is kind of a big drop. Low ownership needs less transfers out for a drop than high ownership.

                  1. dinomyte
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 7 Years
                    1 month, 26 days ago

                    That makes more sense, thanks for clarifying! I've never been burned on such little transfer activity so thought I'd ask.

                    1. Joey Tribbiani
                        1 month, 26 days ago

                        Im bad at explaining but look at Trent for example, his ownership has gone down over 10% and still hasnt gone down 😮

                • TheDragon
                  • 2 Years
                  1 month, 26 days ago

                  Which do you prefer:

                  A) KDB & ASM
                  B) Ings & Pulisic

                  1. Bucket Man
                    • 2 Years
                    1 month, 26 days ago

                    B the better combo

                  2. Bolton’s Wanderers
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    1 month, 26 days ago

                    A until Pulisic is properly back and looking sharp

                  3. Miguel Sanchez
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    1 month, 26 days ago

                    B

                  4. Ings_is_the_king
                      1 month, 26 days ago

                      B

                    • ElliotJHP
                      • 8 Years
                      1 month, 26 days ago

                      Depends on captaincy I think

                      Think I might move KDB on for a little bit due to lack of captaincy appeal after this week

                  5. Miguel Sanchez
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    1 month, 26 days ago

                    Who collates rough with the smooth?

                    1. TheDragon
                      • 2 Years
                      1 month, 26 days ago

                      Whoever does:

                      I’m yet to have a single goal from a forward this season

                      Given there have been 150 goals scored I think that’s pretty special 🙂

                      1. Tinkermania
                        • 1 Year
                        1 month, 26 days ago

                        Wow! Are you a Werner faithful?

                        1. TheDragon
                          • 2 Years
                          1 month, 26 days ago

                          I’ve removed him now 🙂

                          Werner all 4 weeks. Ings GW1 moved to Martial in GW2. Davies of Villa as fodder.

                          Don’t knee jerk they said.....:)

                          1. Tinkermania
                            • 1 Year
                            1 month, 26 days ago

                            I knew it.

                      2. ElliotJHP
                        • 8 Years
                        1 month, 26 days ago

                        That is mightly impressive! DCL & Salah are the only two who have scored for me so far.

                        I'm sure there'll be a few like me who have had Son GW1 & GW3 but not the other two.

                      3. Pukki Blinders
                        • 1 Year
                        1 month, 26 days ago

                        Impressive... without DCL I’d have the same stat and my forward line is worth about 27.0...

                      4. Warby84
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 5 Years
                        1 month, 26 days ago

                        Same

                  6. Rinseboy
                    • 8 Years
                    1 month, 26 days ago

                    Would you swap out Barnes or Foden to Grealish for a hit?

                    Martinez
                    Saiss Semedo James Lamptey Mitchell
                    Salah KDB Son Foden Barnes
                    DCL Jimi Brewster.

                    1. Ings_is_the_king
                        1 month, 26 days ago

                        Give them another week.

                      • ElliotJHP
                        • 8 Years
                        1 month, 26 days ago

                        Nope

                    2. Zim0
                      • 2 Years
                      1 month, 26 days ago

                      Any update on richarlison injury?

                      1. Flair
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        1 month, 26 days ago

                        Joined the Brazil squad so I reckon he's fine

                        1. Zim0
                          • 2 Years
                          1 month, 26 days ago

                          Nice thanks. Everton triple up incoming. Hopefully he comes back unscathed

                    3. Pukki Blinders
                      • 1 Year
                      1 month, 26 days ago

                      Taking hits just seems like a double ended sword so far... could pay off or could also be a 40 point swing in the other direction. Going to stick with the patience strategy and see how things go

                      1. ElliotJHP
                        • 8 Years
                        1 month, 26 days ago

                        Aye, think this is why I am going to roll my FT and see if some form of normality/pattern emerges

                        1. Pukki Blinders
                          • 1 Year
                          1 month, 26 days ago

                          Yep, plan is to also roll over the IB and just cop the price changes on the chin. Couldn’t care less about Tv right now

                          1. ElliotJHP
                            • 8 Years
                            1 month, 26 days ago

                            Yeah, looking at the best assets it's a continuation of last season where TV doesn't matter

                            Also allows you to save yourself from a Mane situation if needs be due to COVID

                    4. Flair
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      1 month, 26 days ago

                      Man, I really underestimated the impact little match fitness and training would have on teams. City, Wolves, Chelsea, United all struggled or struggling. Ironically Spurs are doing better thanks to the fixture schedule, helping them build momentum. Glad I backed second season Jose and warned people against United assets in preseason, though I wish I'd got Son! The international break should be a major benefit for players playing for these teams.

                      1. Joey Tribbiani
                          1 month, 26 days ago

                          I was put off by Spurs at the beginning of the season because of the hectic schedule, but it seems to have helped them

                        • Pukki Blinders
                          • 1 Year
                          1 month, 26 days ago

                          Be irrational and illogical and you’ll score the most points... that seems to be how things are this season

                      2. Oooo Matron
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 4 Years
                        1 month, 26 days ago

                        Rate that WC! Have exact money for TAA/Rodriguez to Robertson/Pulisic too.

                        McCarthy
                        TAA Saiss Chillwell
                        Salah Son Grealish Rodriguez
                        Kane DCL Maupay

                        Subs: Anguissa, Lamperty, Taylor

                        1. TheDragon
                          • 2 Years
                          1 month, 26 days ago

                          It all comes down to KDB or no KDB

                          I’m in same boat as you but then tricky to get him in

                          1. Oooo Matron
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 4 Years
                            1 month, 26 days ago

                            KDB will always be brilliant but that doesn't always mean points. City's fixtures aren't great next. Might be a case of leaving him till GW 10 now. There's lot of good budget options at the moment that make up for KDB I think

                        2. Bolton’s Wanderers
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          1 month, 26 days ago

                          Like it. Very similar to what I have gone for on WC except I've gone Brewster over Maupay and put a bit more money in defence.

                      3. Rash
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 3 Years
                        1 month, 26 days ago

                        Morning all!

                        Hit the wildcard button last night

                        Martinez steer
                        Castagne chilwell lamptey mitchel
                        Salah kdb son Rodriguez
                        Dcl wilson brewster

                        Fill the gaps..

                        A. Digne grealish
                        B. Kwp/4.6 pulisic

                        1. Bolton’s Wanderers
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          1 month, 26 days ago

                          I'm still unconvinced by Digne but like the Grealsih pick. He will be involved in everything Villa do.

                      4. Brosstan
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 6 Years
                        1 month, 26 days ago

                        Taking hits this season seems very very risky. Low chance of paying off with random variance off the charts

                        1. Zim0
                          • 2 Years
                          1 month, 26 days ago

                          Indeed

                        2. drughi
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 11 Years
                          1 month, 26 days ago

                          I think if you are looking at it for the long term it is worth it but you should have it in the back of your head that it could backfire at first

                          1. Pukki Blinders
                            • 1 Year
                            1 month, 26 days ago

                            I can’t see how taking hits for the long term is beneficial when you could do the same thing for free. I see hits as needing to pay off in short term (unless a price change will lock you out)

                        3. TheDragon
                          • 2 Years
                          1 month, 26 days ago

                          Tell that to all the people thrashing me in my mini league who usually finish 2m OR

                          -8’s every week and 40 points ahead of me 🙂

                        4. Iceball
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 6 Years
                          1 month, 26 days ago

                          OK If taking out dropped or injured player. Not just to chase points thinking 2 hattricks in a row

                        5. Zilla
                          • 3 Years
                          1 month, 26 days ago

                          I'd argue that it's the opposite, high scoring games so far meaning it can pay off instantly. Maybe you have a point if you are thinking of a long term approach.

                        6. The Knights Template
                          • 7 Years
                          1 month, 26 days ago

                          Not a problem because the stats are underlying.

                      5. drughi
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 11 Years
                        1 month, 26 days ago

                        cant believe both ings(wba) and jimenez(ful) blanked while Watkins gets a hatrrick(liv). This season is something else

                        1. Pukki Blinders
                          • 1 Year
                          1 month, 26 days ago

                          Son red flagged and hauls 20 points... can’t make this stuff up

                        2. Azathoth
                          • 6 Years
                          1 month, 26 days ago

                          Next GW Che Adams or Chris Wood to score a hatty.

                        3. Karan14
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 4 Years
                          1 month, 26 days ago

                          This season is a joke!

                        4. Hotdogs for Tea
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 5 Years
                          1 month, 26 days ago

                          i think if you stick to moves like bringing in ings(wba) and jimenez(ful) rather than Watkins (liv) you will win out in the end

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

                        Anything needs a hit here?
                        Martinez
                        VVD Castagane Saiss
                        Salah KDB JRod Barnes
                        DCL Vardy Watkins

                      7. AgentRed
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 7 Years
                        1 month, 26 days ago

                        Soucek owners - are you holding or upgrading?

                        1. Hotdogs for Tea
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 5 Years
                          1 month, 26 days ago

                          other fires to put out first

                        2. Flair
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          1 month, 26 days ago

                          I want to bring him in, not sure why anyone would want to upgrade.

                          1. AgentRed
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 7 Years
                            1 month, 26 days ago

                            Because he's my 4th midfielder and so far he isn't returning like my other players are, and I could upgrade him to someone like Grealish who is obviously in good form with nice fixtures coming up.

                        3. Pukki Blinders
                          • 1 Year
                          1 month, 26 days ago

                          Season keeper

                        4. Zilla
                          • 3 Years
                          1 month, 26 days ago

                          Not an owner but I'd get him if I can. Brilliant bench or rotation option.

                          1. AgentRed
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 7 Years
                            1 month, 26 days ago

                            This is the problem. I'm playing him as a 4th mid but I have the money to turn him into Grealish. Alternatively I could keep him as a 5th mid and turn Reed into Trossard, but then I have a benching headache every week.

                        5. Brosstan
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 6 Years
                          1 month, 26 days ago

                          Would never sell if I owned

                      8. DA Minnion
                        • 8 Years
                        1 month, 26 days ago

                        Do I keep KDB on wildcard?

                      9. NateDogsCats
                          1 month, 26 days ago

                          Had an abysmal week, Fernandes (C) and Semedo CS just scraped me out of it being even worse. Irritated I jumped at Mourinho's comments on Son last weekend as he's a season keeper for me but I'm obviously not alone in that. Going to try wait until after the deadline for the next gw to try do a bit of work on my team rather than take a hit but it does feel rough having swapped Wilson and Son for Vardy and Pereira right now, although my plan was always to get Vardy in for this week (if nothing else went wrong) so I realistically can't complain too much but I guess I would have at least had Son's points and no headache trying to get him back in by now.

                        • tim
                          • 11 Years
                          1 month, 26 days ago

                          Morning!

                          2FT, use now or wait until after IB?

                          Werner, Mitro and Doherty already dropped for me.

                          Cheers!