Scout Notes

The Aston Villa FPL assets who impressed in rout of Alisson-less Liverpool

Aston Villa 7-2 Liverpool

  • Goals: Ollie Watkins (£5.9m) x3, Jack Grealish (£7.0m) x2, John McGinn (£5.5m), Ross Barkley (£5.9m) | Mohamed Salah (£12.2m) x2
  • Assists: Grealish x3, McGinn, Trezeguet (£5.5m), Watkins | Roberto Firmino (£9.4m)
  • Bonus: Grealish x3, Watkins x2, Salah x1

Aston Villa put Liverpool to the sword with a display of pace and verve entirely in keeping with this increasingly maverick season.

A hat-trick for Ollie Watkins (£5.9m) grabbed the headlines, but it was the performance of Villa skipper Jack Grealish (£7.0m) that caught the Fantasy eye.

Two goals, three assists, maximum bonus and 24 points was the stuff of legend for his (at the time) 9.9% Fantasy Premier League (FPL) ownership and the stuff of nightmares for the 56,000 or so managers who’ve sold him on over the past two Gameweeks.

That lack of faith has cost them 32 points all in. A short-term schedule involving both Leicester and Arsenal is clearly not dissuading people now – Grealish’s ownership is close to 12% and he’s in the top ten for Gameweek 5 transfers-in.

Watkins (2.3%), who had to make do with just the 19 points, is another being snapped up and he set the ball rolling against Liverpool with an early goal.

Those managers still clinging to the ‘two Liverpool at the back’ formula would have been twitchy when news came through that Alisson (£6.0m) had injured his shoulder in training, meaning a start for the rather less reliable Adrian (£4.5m) in the Reds goal.

And they only had to wait until the fourth minute for their fears to be realised when the Spaniard’s slack pass to Joe Gomez (£5.4m) was intercepted by Grealish, who set up the unmarked Watkins to finish with ease.

It was the striker’s first Premier League goal in 184 minutes of action. His second came just 18 minutes later when he was released by Grealish down the left, cut back inside and hit a shot across Adrian and in at the far post.

In between those goals came a golden chance – wasted – for Villa debutant Ross Barkley (£5.9m), two saves by Emiliano Martinez (£4.6m) from Roberto Firmino (£9.4m) and a growing sense that Liverpool were going to score from a move down the left.

They did just that in the 33rd minute when Andy Robertson (£7.0m) and Diogo Jota (£6.3m) – in for the ill Sadio Mane (£11.9m) – combined well on that flank, the ball was moved inside and finally fell to Mohamed Salah (£12.2m), who finished clinically.

Salah’s goal sparked brief hopes of a Liverpool comeback, which lasted precisely two minutes before a deflected John McGinn (£5.5m) shot made it 3-1. The Egyptian scored again after the break, with an assist from Firmino, to suggest another rally might happen. It took all of six minutes for Villa to snuff that out for a second time.

But while Salah’s 13 points was the only decent FPL haul to be had from Jurgen Klopp’s men on the night, arguably the major talking point was the lopsided nature of the champions’ attack.

As can be seen in the Premium Members Area, the touch heatmap for Liverpool shows swathes of possession down their left flank and hardly anything of note down the right.

That meant a sorry night for FPL’s most-owned defender, Trent Alexander-Arnold (£7.5m and 42.1%), who was kept to very occasional forays forward by the attacking presence of Grealish and Watkins.

On the opposite side, Robertson was considerably more advanced and dovetailed well with Jota all game. If that’s a sign of the times, it will be the cheaper Scot – currently owned by just 14.8% – who will find his way into more FPL teams.

But on the evidence of last night, selling Liverpool defenders will be the way forward, as Klopp acknowledged post-match:

Tonight, pretty much everybody made massive mistakes around the goals. The first one was obviously Adrian; that was a big mistake, yes, but the reaction on the goal was an even bigger mistake, how we reacted.

Yes, the first goal was not cool, of course. But apart from that, I don’t think he had anything to do with all the other goals pretty much. We didn’t help him tonight, let me say it like this, or we even did the opposite.

The coach also had an update on the health of the 13.2%-owned Allison:

No chance to play against Everton. We don’t know exactly. Let me say, it could have been worse with that injury, that’s for sure. We were slightly lucky but it’s not that he can play against Everton. I don’t want to put a time frame on it, but four weeks could be possible, six weeks is maybe more likely, but I don’t know.

Not that Liverpool with the Brazilian stopper in the side are anywhere near the defensive levels of last season either, but overall now they’ve kept one clean sheet in four matches and shipped 11 goals, which only West Brom (13) can ‘better’.

The Merseyside derby – against the current league leaders, don’t forget – and a Gameweek 8 trip to Manchester City mean that Liverpool will need to bounce back from the Villa debacle sharpish. But an otherwise favourable schedule through to early next year means there’s no need to panic just yet.

That, however, is enough about the Reds, because the night belonged to Villa.

Dean Smith’s side have now played three, won three in the league and some smart work in the transfer market has stabilised a previously giddy defence while adding pace and bite higher up the pitch.

No longer is Grealish the one and only attacking attraction, although he was superb on Sunday night, laying on a further assist for Barkley, whose shot was deflected, and then scoring twice himself, once with a deflected shot of his own and the other a calm finish when sent clean through by McGinn’s sweet pass.

That meant the latter brought in his second straight double-digit haul – budget returns enjoyed by just 0.8% of managers.

In amongst all that carnage, Watkins completed his hat-trick with a free header from Trezeguet’s (£5.5m) cross after Villa had sprung Liverpool’s terrible attempt at an offside trap from a free-kick.

The goal encapsulated the visitors’ defensive performance. Liverpool played a high line all night and it cost them. Time and again Villa broke at pace and exploited the acres of space in behind a Reds side that threw caution to the wind in their desperate desire to get back into the game.

That led to the home team having a chunky 11 attempts on target – they’d managed seven across their first two matches – which was a fact not lost on Smith.

The performance was outstanding from start to finish. We created an awful lot of chances against an exceptional defence and team.

Liverpool’s defence was, in truth, anything but exceptional, and the fact that three goals came via deflections should temper Villa fans’ (and Fantasy managers’) reactions to the match as well. 

Smith’s side are not going to be scoring like this again any time soon and future opponents are likely to sit deeper to negate their pace and threat on the break. But the side – enhanced further by Barkley – are full of attacking threat at present and their fixture list is passable now and set fair from Gameweeks 9 through to 15.

Then again, on the evidence of last night, form could very well trump fixtures for this Villa outfit anyway.

Time will tell, but their assets are now very much on the radar to further complicate a season shaping up to be like no other, in both real and fantasy life.


Aston Villa XI (4-3-3): Martínez; Cash (El Mohamady 80′), Konsa, Mings, Targett; McGinn, Luiz (Nakamba 80′), Trézéguet (Traoré 87′); Barkley, Watkins, Grealish. 

Liverpool XI (4-3-3): Adrián; Alexander-Arnold, Gomez (Jones 61′), van Dijk, Robertson; Keita (Minamino 45′), Fabinho, Wijnaldum; Salah, Firmino (Milner 68′), Jota. 

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682 Comments Post a Comment
  1. The Mandalorian
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 29 days ago

    How can u find the points for the top 10k place compared to your own

    1. Major League Shocker
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 29 days ago

      livefpl.net/rank in the right column below your team graphic

    2. The Mandalorian
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Cheers guys

    3. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      10k = 298 points

  2. thetommy14
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Reguillon, Castagne or Semedo?

      1. Arfaish
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Reguillon

      2. Dexters Laboratory
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Chilwell? If not Reguillon definitely has the better fixtures

      3. Arfaish
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Is it worth Podence > Son for -4?

        I feel in isolation it is but it will leave me on -8 for the week, does that change things

        1. ThisPostsOnFire
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Answered on last page. Only if captaining Son (WHU).

          1. Arfaish
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            Cheers, yeah I think I would captin

      4. Major League Shocker
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Doherty + Foden -> Lamptey + Son(c) for a -4?

        1. Arfaish
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Yes

        2. ThisPostsOnFire
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          No brainer

        3. Miguel Sanchez
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Lovely move

        4. Peteski29
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Yes

        5. Major League Shocker
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Wow, unanimous in favour of the hit! That's rare.

      5. FantasyHero
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        i feel my team looks ok other than 2-3 obv issues but this season is just so random. Should I wildcard?

        McCarthy (4.0)
        TAA VVD Casta Davies* Mitchell*
        KDB Hames Biossouma Romeu Podence
        Kane Werner* Jimmy

        WC team could look like:
        Martinez (4.0)
        Lamtey Chilwell Dallas Ferg Saiss
        Bissouma Fernandes Son Hames KDB/Salah
        DCL Vardy Bamford

        1. ThisPostsOnFire
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Don't like that balance at all.

          So many viable 5.5 - 6.5m forward options. I would wildcard on that - although not necessarily to your WC team posted.

      6. Warby84
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Van Aanholt if fit could be great, at least offer a bit more than Digne...

        1. Bullet Eder
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          I don't think he does offer more than Digne and I can't see him waltzing straight back into the team.

          1. Brosstan
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            Mitchell owner spotted

        2. AuFeld
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          How so?

        3. ThisPostsOnFire
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Why would you think that?

          Digne has DCL (the best header of a ball in the prem) to aim for

          PVA has Zaha/Ayew

        4. Zim0
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          R u guessing he'll be on pens?

      7. Bullet Eder
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Is Son on international duty?

        1. Miguel Sanchez
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Nope

      8. The Mandalorian
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Top guy on 394 points, I'm 252, already around 140 points below first place after only 4 weeks, crazy.

        1. thegaffer82
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Quit bragging will you 😉

          252 points is well ahead of many (including myself) on here actually

          1. NULL-X-VOID
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            lol I haven't even cracked the 200 point

            1. Zim0
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 29 days ago

              I've cracked it by a whole 1 point 🙂

        2. Miguel Sanchez
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Crazy variance so far but didn't expect to be quite so far behind after 4 weeks

        3. Slitherene
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          That means nothing when you consider he's played 3 of his chips!

          1. mynameisq
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            It means you have to nail your chips like he did

        4. Black Knights
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          261 for me, but a problematic 42 points on the bench already. Oh, what might have been.

        5. Warby84
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          247 and no goals from any of my strikers!

        6. I Must Break You
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Many (not all, but many) at the top have used multiple chips so far. The top score for GW4 TC'd Grealish against Liverpool for eff sake. That's not skill; that's absolute, abject luck. Variance is going to be amplified over a small sample size.
          Keep calm, carry on, invest in players with good points production per £, good underlying stats, and good upcoming fixture runs, while pruning your roster of the opposite, and you'll be fine.

          1. Bushwhacker
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 29 days ago

            That's not luck, that's a hack account.

      9. niloh1
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Is this worth a -4?

        Werner, Adams & mitro to dcl, maupay and Wilson?

        1. NULL-X-VOID
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          keep Mitro, Fulham fixtures are good, and plus they've got some good Midfield transfers.

        2. ThisPostsOnFire
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Would go Watkins over Wilson.

          Villa look a far more fluid attack with the triple threat of Grealish, Barkley and Watkins.

      10. NULL-X-VOID
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        What would you prefer, a concentrated Def with 4.0-4.0-5.5-4.5-7.0 or a distributed one 4.5-4.5-4.7-7.0, in these conditions im leaning to the second.

        1. thegaffer82
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          7.0/7.5 - 5.0 - 4.5 - 4.5 - 4.0

          This is best imo

          1. NULL-X-VOID
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            yep, and the options also are pretty obvious with Robbo, Sais, and any two 4.5s

          2. Better off with a pin and a…
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            Is there a 4.0 to rely on now? Mitchell (4.1, I know) likely to lose his place to PVA soon - people were discussing Ferguson, but he's not played yet.

        2. Arfaish
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          If 3 at the back first one, if 4 at the back second one

          1. NULL-X-VOID
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            it's essentially not for the formation but because of the covid circumstance. A playing bench would end up being a differential

      11. NULL-X-VOID
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Lads, please don't tell me I'm not the only one who hasn't cracked 200 yet here in FFS

        1. Steve The Spud
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Here to help bud, I’m on 149!

          1. Zim0
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            Wow really? What happened?

            1. Steve The Spud
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              1 month, 29 days ago

              Main critical errors

              - starting with Alli not son
              - starting with Bruno on the bench
              - starting with che Adams
              - not starting with salah
              - we gw 3 to double city and wolves
              - not keeping Rodríguez on wc
              - doing son > Zaha this week

              Think that’s most of it, it’s only my 2nd season so I think it’s a good learning curve haha

              1. Zim0
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 29 days ago

                That's a lot of bad luck. Hope it gets better from here!

              2. skodaole2
                • 8 Years
                1 month, 29 days ago

                Most of those things are just bad timing or bad luck. With MCI, WOL and Son out i think most of us, including me, lost a lot of points. Alli ahead of Son also was very normal before the season began. Che Adams had chances to have scored more points. Salah and Rodriguez seem too good to avoid at this point but that will change at some point. Patience and risks i d say, its only your second season? Wow that must be exciting, i ve had a three year break when i practically made a dead team but played consecutively for 5 years before that and this year decided to be active again. And what a season so far!

        2. Warby84
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Luckily on 247 but no striker goals!! Crazy

      12. BinManJack
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Barnes, Foden, Podence > Son(c), Rodriguez, Romeu for -8?

        Other mids are Salah and KDB

        1. Dexters Laboratory
            1 month, 29 days ago

            Keep one of Hamez/Barnes and save a -4. Hamez could be benched following international duty with Columbia

            1. Dexters Laboratory
                1 month, 29 days ago

                Barnes*

                1. Dexters Laboratory
                    1 month, 29 days ago

                    Keep one of Foden/Barnes*

              • Mr. O'Connell
                • 8 Years
                1 month, 29 days ago

                Id sell Barnes, Foden and Podence even if it cost -80 tbh

            2. ThisPostsOnFire
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 29 days ago

              If I was going to WC right now it would look like:

              0.7 ITB

              Martinez (Steer)
              TAA, Robo, Saiss, (Lamptey, Mitchell)
              Salah, KDB, Son, Trossard (Anguissa)
              DCL, Maupay, Watkins

              Someone please pick this team so I can live vicariously through you

            3. niloh1
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 29 days ago

              Which do guys prefer for -4?

              A) Doherty, Werner & Adams to zouma, dcl & jimi
              B) Doherty, Werner & Adams to chillwell, dcl & maupay

              1. FC Hakkebøf
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 29 days ago

                B as it frees up funds to upgrade elsewhere

              2. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 29 days ago

                B

            4. AdamJ91
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 29 days ago

              Which mid is the best one to pick under 8.2m? Thinking of doing Klich > one of those for -4.

              A) J.Rodriguez
              B) Grealish
              C) Trossard

              1. FC Hakkebøf
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 29 days ago

                B short to mid term, A long term

              2. Dexters Laboratory
                  1 month, 29 days ago

                  Dont do A for this GW. Hamez might not start after IB. Save that -4

                • D-Fens
                    1 month, 29 days ago

                    I'd save the 4 points. Klich not a bad option at home to Wolves anyway

                • Pep Roulette
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 29 days ago

                  Hey fam! Barnes & Adams to Son & Watkins for free tonight before price changes? Won't be priced out but will lose 0.4 easily! Yay or Nay?

                  1. Camzy
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 10 Years
                    1 month, 29 days ago

                    Priority should be to remove weak players.

                    Barnes is not a weak player. You brought him in recently I'm guessing? Stick with him.

                    Adams > Watkins seems the best move.

                    1. FC Hakkebøf
                      • 3 Years
                      1 month, 29 days ago

                      Getting Son over Barnes is a good idea regardless

                      1. Camzy
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 10 Years
                        1 month, 29 days ago

                        Yeah but for a hit? I'd look at other ways to get Son.

                        1. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 4 Years
                          1 month, 29 days ago

                          It's for free

                          1. Brosstan
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 6 Years
                            1 month, 29 days ago

                            A transfer always costs -4 even when it's free.

                            -author unknown

                            1. Major League Shocker
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 1 Year
                              1 month, 29 days ago

                              I'm largely sympathetic to this point of view, but would really like to see an article explaining the logic behind it in detail.

                              If said article already exists, please let me know where to read it.

                              1. Dreaming of glory
                                • 4 Years
                                1 month, 29 days ago

                                There is no logic. If u have 2 ft and don’t use one u lose it therefore if u don’t use 1 of ur 2 ft u actually cost yourself & therefore a transfer is not always -4 😉

                                1. D-Fens
                                    1 month, 29 days ago

                                    This is madness. My transfers have been costing me way more than -4

                                2. Brosstan
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  • 6 Years
                                  1 month, 29 days ago

                                  It's nonsense. But if you look through camzys post history from pre season you might find some more info about that opinion

                          2. FC Hakkebøf
                            • 3 Years
                            1 month, 29 days ago

                            Good captain option as well. He prolly can't get Son in for free withour selling the likes of KdB, Sterling etc

                        2. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 4 Years
                          1 month, 29 days ago

                          This

                    2. FC Hakkebøf
                      • 3 Years
                      1 month, 29 days ago

                      If you have your wildcard in the pocket then why not

                    3. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 4 Years
                      1 month, 29 days ago

                      Sounds good

                    4. A.J.
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 5 Years
                      1 month, 29 days ago

                      I think so, yes, but I have been super aggressive with early transfers so far knowing I have WC to fall back on.

                      Good moves though imo.

                    5. Pep Roulette
                      • 3 Years
                      1 month, 29 days ago

                      Cheers everyone!

                  2. Major League Shocker
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 1 Year
                    1 month, 29 days ago

                    Do you think rage transfers are ever a good thing?

                    Interesting case here: https://twitter.com/hailcheaters/status/1312383144453169153 . He rage transferred out Werner for Jimenez before the Sunday games were played. He justified it by saying if he had waited, he might have made a different and worse decision, seeing as he had failed to transfer out Werner the previous week.

                    1. Brosstan
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 6 Years
                      1 month, 29 days ago

                      No it's dumb luck when it works. It's often most often a direct result of another rubbish knee jerk decision in the past. Knee jerks breed knee jerks

                      1. Zim0
                        • 2 Years
                        1 month, 29 days ago

                        What if he elbowjerks

                    2. COK3Y5MURF
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 4 Years
                      1 month, 29 days ago

                      Waiting doesn't automatically result in a worse decision. He's just trying to justify a kneejerk reaction. I'm not by any means suggesting that Werner should be held by everyone, of course.

                    3. Pukki Blinders
                      • 1 Year
                      1 month, 29 days ago

                      Making decisions when angry leads to bad outcomes, psychological proven.

                    4. Pep bites Kun
                      • 4 Years
                      1 month, 29 days ago

                      Nah - best case scenario, you're lucky with a rash decision on one player. You practise it on a whole team and you're off the reservation into uncharted territory ...

                      Bit like where we are right now 😉

                  3. FC Hakkebøf
                    • 3 Years
                    1 month, 29 days ago

                    Marcal > Saiss when he is back, yes? If Saiss rises before deadline that would save me 0.2 on a WC

                  4. D-Fens
                      1 month, 29 days ago

                      Watkins or Maupay for next 3 or just get Antonio early? Can't decide how much value to place on fixtures.

                      1. FC Hakkebøf
                        • 3 Years
                        1 month, 29 days ago

                        Maupay for me... Could backfire as transfers are valuable tho

                      2. Dreaming of glory
                        • 4 Years
                        1 month, 29 days ago

                        Like Maupay for next 4 but over 3 it’s maybe watkins

                      3. AuFeld
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 4 Years
                        1 month, 29 days ago

                        Antonio early. Maupay is playing POO.

                      4. D-Fens
                          1 month, 29 days ago

                          Cheers guys!

                      5. Dreaming of glory
                        • 4 Years
                        1 month, 29 days ago

                        Klich & jimi to

                        Son &

                        A. Wilson
                        B. Watkins
                        C. Maupay
                        D. Bamford

                        1. The_Bar
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 8 Years
                          1 month, 29 days ago

                          A or B for me, I have both at the moment

                      6. MHG
                        • 3 Years
                        1 month, 29 days ago

                        Looking at -4 to switch Foden for Son and Holding for a 4.0 bench defender ( Dunne or Kilman )

                        Which of Dunne or Kilman has the best chance of playing ?
                        Is Holding on the bench now?

                        Thanks

                        1. Dreaming of glory
                          • 4 Years
                          1 month, 29 days ago

                          Dunne only plays for injury cover and he’s 5th cab so won’t play again if at all. Kilman is also cover but could get in with only 1 injury

                      7. The Hunt
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 11 Years
                        1 month, 29 days ago

                        Another site I used to look at had an Imaginary Wildcard article every week which was quite a good read. It made you realise when you're team had become totally f****d up when there was about two common selections between them. Perhaps if some of the pundits banged their heads together like they do for the Scout Picks once a week and came up with something similar it could prove to be an interesting addition to the site.

                        1. Dreaming of glory
                          • 4 Years
                          1 month, 29 days ago

                          Surely that’s exactly what scout picks is? A 1 week team?

                          1. The Hunt
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 11 Years
                            1 month, 28 days ago

                            Scout Picks is for one week, a wildcard usually extends beyond that. (sorry for the belated reply!)

                      8. Dynamic Duos
                        • 7 Years
                        1 month, 29 days ago

                        I'm praying that Hames goes up before Son and then I can got TAA and Hames to Robbo and Son

                        1. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 4 Years
                          1 month, 29 days ago

                          Probably won't happen but TAA could drop!

                      9. xiMoxiee
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 6 Years
                        1 month, 29 days ago

                        Any chance of KDB dropping to 11.5?

                        1. Zim0
                          • 2 Years
                          1 month, 29 days ago

                          Maybe. Probably not though.

                        2. Jimmers
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 10 Years
                          1 month, 29 days ago

                          No - will only go to 11.6 - transfer activity will drop off dramatically now until Wed/Thurs next week.

                      10. AA
                        • 9 Years
                        1 month, 29 days ago

                        Can anyone tell me what value Salah and Kane could be after IB? My plan is to do Sterling + Vardy to Salah and Kane for GW6 and onwards.

                        Just worried if I'll be losing too much value. Would save my WC I'd not be losing much.

                        1. Major League Shocker
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 1 Year
                          1 month, 29 days ago

                          My guess is they both get one price rise, then Kane might get a second price rise, but overall the sites like FPLstatistics have been too aggressive predicting price rises.

                      11. Zrinkec
                          1 month, 29 days ago

                          A Semedo Soucek
                          B Castagne Bissouma

                          Keep in mind that Soucek/Bissouma would be on my bench, so far Castagne looking awesome, but i kinda feel Wolwes have better fixtures for getting CS and i aint impressed with Leicester defense, but still Castagne offensive game uhh i am not sure what to do.

                          1. The_Bar
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 8 Years
                            1 month, 29 days ago

                            Castagne has looked like a beast, Wolves do have better fixtures but have felt the loss of some players. I'd back Castagne personally. ( or chillwell )

                            1. Zrinkec
                                1 month, 29 days ago

                                I have Chilwell also allready in lineup, yeah i am leaning towards Castagne, his offensive potential is too much.

                          2. Aztec Kamara
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 2 Years
                            1 month, 29 days ago

                            Those of you with memories good enough to remember prior seasons - is it just me or are the price changes particularly odd this year... it seems like there are far more falls and far less rises? When combined with needing .2 to get .1 in sale value, it seems like an uphill struggle to even maintain value let alone gain it, or is this just standard for early-season madness?

                            1. Zim0
                              • 2 Years
                              1 month, 29 days ago

                              They are definitely happening more frequently

                            2. The_Bar
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 8 Years
                              1 month, 29 days ago

                              Definitely happening more frequently, and some sporadic e.g. no price rises for Man City /Man Utd before GW2

                              1. Jimmers
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 10 Years
                                1 month, 29 days ago

                                The City/Utd price rises weren't sporadic - it was obviously pre-determined as they had a blank GW1

                          3. Tambling5
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 2 Years
                            1 month, 29 days ago

                            Well I've done little so far, used no chips, done 5 transfers since season started for -8, and only got a couple of goals on captain picks. I have a position of 330,000, and 1FT. My plan is to continue not to be tempted by transfers before injury-fest of international games, and absorb any losses, not chasing transfer hikes wild card etc. Wait to wildcard if team really struggling.
                            Team is
                            McCarthy 4.0; Robbo, Dier, James, Taylor, KWP;
                            Sterling,Havertz, Fernandez, Zaha, Soucek;
                            DCL, Werner, Wilson
                            All forwards and key midfielders mostly home next game.
                            How is my strategy? Too passive?
                            .

                            1. Holmes
                              • 7 Years
                              1 month, 29 days ago

                              If you are happy with your team then no WC required. Obviously you are in better position than many, so their is room to sit back and have more information.

                              1. Tambling5
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 2 Years
                                1 month, 29 days ago

                                Thanks. Team value not going up tho. Is 10.4. Worried may end up in ten weeks time playing with 2.0 less than others, although rising-value players seem no more likely to score points this season (DCL excepted)

                          4. The_Bar
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 8 Years
                            1 month, 29 days ago

                            Made early moves to not be priced out:

                            Werner + Martial + Davies + Reed -> DCL + Watkins + Son + Chillwell for a - 8

                            McCarthy | Button
                            Chilwell | AA | Taylor | Lascelles | Mitchell
                            Salah | Rodriguez | KDB | Son | Soucek
                            Wilson | DCL | Watkins

                            Was the -8 worth it? or do I wildcard to cancel and rejig to downgrade Soucek and rejig funds/ fit in Grealish/Kane instead?

                            1. Tambling5
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 2 Years
                              1 month, 29 days ago

                              Seems to me your plan was fine and no reason to change it. Chasing enough points without compounding it. You had to get rid of Martial.

                            2. AuFeld
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 4 Years
                              1 month, 29 days ago

                              I think it's worth a -8.