Pro Pundits - Az

My FPL tips for those struggling after a chaotic start to the 2020/21 season

FPL BlackBox co-host and three-time top 10k finisher Az discusses thinking with a clear head, the move away from ‘big at the back’ and form over fixtures in his latest Pro Pundits article.


What is happening? Why is football broken? That’s what I keep asking myself week after week as new, crazy things keep occurring.

As it stands, I’m having my worst start to a season ever but given all that’s been going on, I’m trying to take it in my stride. Trying to get to grips with this season is proving to be an impossible task and if you’ve managed it, well hats off to you. But if you are like me and haven’t quite got a handle on it yet, well, there’s plenty of time to go.

2019/2020

2020/2021

I’m having an even worse start to the season than I did last year.

My last article called for patience and calm amongst the madness, but it’s hard to stay cool and collected when Aston Villa are putting seven goals past Liverpool and Son Heung-Min (£9.0m) is plundering another mega-haul.

It’s typical that Mark and I started FPL BlackBox this season, attempting to scrutinise our decision-making process when everything is so turbulent. It feels that patience often goes unrewarded, but equally, acting bravely and decisively can cause similar problems. I really feel for the people who took out Son this week based on Jose Mourinho’s comments – or for those who, like me, have stuck with Timo Werner (£9.3m) hoping that he will deliver on all of his promises when he signed for Chelsea.

The roughs on the Scoutcast’s ‘Rough with the Smooth’ have never been rougher. I’ve seen a multitude of people losing 30+ points on seemingly perfectly fine transfers on paper.

So what can we take from this crazy start? Should we be changing the way we play the game to compensate for the madness or will things start to settle down? What can we, as FPL managers, do to fight back against the madness of the 2020/21 season?

Analyse the decisions not the outcome

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It was key when I started up FPL BlackBox that I wouldn’t just be looking at decisions purely in hindsight and would instead be assessing whether the actual decision and thought process that went into it was sound – or whether there were flaws to make a note of.

The fact is, there have been decisions made this season which, whatever way you look at it, were good decisions with an awful end result.

The main example for me is this week, with managers taking out Son due to a half-time substitution and a ‘confirmed’ hamstring injury that would rule him out for weeks.

For those that didn’t want to hold a £9.0m asset in their team, and instead wanted to try their luck with the likes of Riyad Mahrez (£8.5m), Marcus Rashford (£9.5m) or Harvey Barnes (£7.1m), I applaud the decision. I would absolutely have made the same move if I had him; I couldn’t be benching a premium asset like that with so much potential for points in the players in the price bracket around him.

But then, I am equally impressed by those who decided to hold. If you saw through Mourinho’s apparent deception and kept the South Korean, you were richly rewarded.

This is quite simply, the kind of decision that makes FPL such a wonderful, yet excruciating game. You can’t expect the level of punishment/reward for those who made the ‘wrong’ decision.

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On the other hand, separate horror stories I feel do have some learnings for us to take. I’ve read about people who transferred out Jack Grealish (£7.1m) for James Maddison (£7.0m) for a hit. Or others who sold Ollie Watkins (£5.9m) for Raul Jimenez (£8.6m). Of course, a hit comes with an inherent set of risks but I do appreciate that one single transfer costing managers around 20 points of damage is tough to take.

But looking at things logically: if you weren’t on a Wildcard, did Grealish really need to leave your team so urgently despite not really putting a foot wrong so far? Were there really no other fires you had to put out before making that move? Watkins hadn’t scored leading up to the win over Liverpool but had looked lively. Underlying stats also didn’t indicate that Wolves would maul Fulham. Watkins had only had two games to prove his worth so perhaps losing patience with him immediately was a little short-sighted.

Similarly, for those, like me, who kept Werner. Why were his lack of goals, out-of-position tag and fairly laborious play up to now not enough to convince you to move him on? And if you are intent on keeping him for another week, ask yourself: are your reasons for this sound or are you just refusing to accept a mistake?

Of course, there’s an element of hindsight here (as there is when any decision doesn’t go your way) but it’s the repeated mistakes we are looking for. When you keep making these decisions and they keep backfiring, well… did I ever tell you the definition of insanity? It’s doing the same thing… over and over again… and expecting different results (thanks, Vaas).

Back form over fixture

The FPL Eye Test - Gameweek 3 3

I think now might be the time for us to consider that in the current climate, form trumps fixtures. It appears to me that teams are perhaps feeling less pressure without crowds to grind out hard-fought scrappy wins, and are throwing caution to the wind a bit more and really trying to get at teams.

At the moment, it’s almost impossible to really put your finger on what is a good or bad fixture. Teams like Manchester United and Liverpool are suddenly leaking six and seven goals, West Brom are putting three past Chelsea after 20 minutes, and Wolves and Leicester have both just been thrashed by West Ham.

Caveats to this may be seen in Burnley and Fulham – and West Brom defensively – who really do look to be struggling due to the personnel at their disposal. But aside from perhaps targeting players who play for these three teams, I’m much more inclined than in previous seasons to be looking at the underlying stats and form of players, while paying less attention to what games they have coming up.

A good example of this is Neal Maupay (£6.6m), who I have brought in this week. In his last three games, he’s scored 30 points despite tricky visits to St James Park and Goodison Park and hosting Manchester United at home.

Equally, Michael Antonio (£6.3m) may be a shrewd pick despite playing Spurs, Liverpool and City in his next three games as he looks absolutely electric.

I’ve also made a move for Dominic Calvert-Lewin (£7.6m), who faces Liverpool next but is the in-form striker in the league. It just doesn’t seem sensible to wait, when it feels like any team (even Liverpool!) can capitulate at any moment.

Essentially, I wouldn’t be put off by a player who faces a tricky run at the moment, because I simply don’t know what a tricky fixture looks like anymore. I think we can work this to our advantage. Bring in players who pass the eye test, who have strong underlying stats and are playing for teams with an air of confidence about them, and I reckon you’ll do just fine.

Move away from four at the back?

Another decision I’ve made this week is to abandon my 4-4-2 formation and rejig the structure of my squad.

With Allison (£6.0m) out for a prolonged period, I do wonder about the impact this will have on Liverpool defensive assets – as we saw last season (and even against Aston Villa), Adrian (£4.5m) can’t hold a candle to his illustrious Brazilian counterpart.

With the attacking threat of Andy Robertson (£7.0m) and Trent Alexander-Arnold (£7.5m), keeping one does still seem sensible. But I feel like anyone with the double-up must surely be considering moving one on for pastures new.

Similarly, the likes of Lucas Digne (£6.1m), Ben Chilwell (£5.6m), Nelson Semedo (£5.5m) all still look fine players, due to the quality of both the chances they both have and create – but really, given the carnage that is currently happening in the Premier League, my money is on more goals. And surely this means that backing attacking players in midfield and up front is the most sensible way to go.

With affordable strikers such as Antonio, Watkins, Maupay, Patrick Bamford (£5.8m) and Callum Wilson (£6.4m), not to mention mid-priced midfield assets such as Jarrod Bowen (£6.3m), Matheus Pereira (£6.0m) and Grealish, in my opinion, anyone still playing four at the back should be looking to make the switch to a 3-5-2 or 3-4-3 formation. I’d advocate keeping Alexander-Arnold or Robertson, grabbing a £6.0m/£5.5m defender with attacking potential and pair with one of Kyle Walker-Peters (£4.5m), Tariq Lamptey (£4.7m) or Luke Ayling/Stuart Dallas (£4.5m). This, coupled with a £4.5m goalkeeper, allows you to really maximise your other slots to get the most attacking players possible.

Things will get better

Leeds defence boosted by return of Cooper as Mitrovic starts for Fulham

If you’re like me and struggling, my final message is one of hope. If you’re reading this article, you’re probably quite into Fantasy Football. You probably spend a fair bit of time scrutinising stats, listening to podcasts, weighing up whether Luke Ayling (£4.5m) is a better option than Stuart Dallas (£4.5m) (I think it’s pretty damn close, by the way).

Eventually, the effort we put in will win out and we will start to ascend the ranks. Whether this happens due to us adapting to the chaos or the Premier League settling down into more familiar territory remains to be seen, of course.

But surely, this can’t go on for another 34 weeks… can it?



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522 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Muscout
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Any 4.6m or below defenders worth having over Lamptey?

    1. Dynamic Duos
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Konsa

      1. El Niño Yanqui
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        Konsa always seems in the thick of goal mouth action. He is like a lower price Tarkowski or Boly. Now that nobody plays defense, might as well play with Konsa and the like.

        Lamptey is good too, the kid is fast. I would hate to chase him. ASM had to nearly break the kid's leg to stop him.

    2. leo_messi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Dallas KWP

  2. El Niño Yanqui
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Jorginho vs Bruno - on the Comparison tool will make you laugh...

    Bruno is a Penalty taker and Jorginho is a Penalty taker. If Lamps and Azpilicueta keep Jorginho in the lineup and enforce his PK preference, then he probably get 80% of Bruno's points at 50% of the price.

    If you forget the 7 weeks in June and July that Bruno resembled KDB...the rest has been all Jorginho and Luka Milivojević.

    Not saying Bruno is rubbish, just saying he's contracted Man United disease. Trashford, Greenwood, Martial, Bruno, Pogba, and Matic could put on Bayern Munich uniforms probably beat Liverpool 5-0 at Anfield, but in Man United uniforms, they are cosmically diseased.

    1. Dynamic Duos
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      This should have ended at Matic, anything after is absolute garbage

      1. El Niño Yanqui
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        Bayern collects the 'failed' and 'useless' from Barcelona and others.

        Remember when Ajen Robben was a spicey but surplus little winger at Chelsea? Remember when Coutinho failed at Barcelona? BM have built an entire empire around buying surplus and recovering lost potential.

    2. El Fenomeno R9
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      End of season Bruno will have double points,so price is ok

      1. Brosstan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        Wrong. You need more than double the points for double the price

    3. The Mandalorian
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Man UTD haven't brought in the players wanted by the manager. When it happened to the previous two managers they got sacked in their second year. So history repeats, Bruno has a worse season and will go down in value. Jorginho points maybe closer than we think.

    4. Hakim Ziyech
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 16 days ago

      You’ve said it all. Utd are a shadow of what they were. Back then, they were a force to reckon with. Nowadays, teams like Palace... just stroll in at Old trafford & they take a piss all over Utd

      1. Amey
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        Early days still pal 😉

  3. El Fenomeno R9
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Tinkering on this,better option?

    A) Son + Antonio + PVA(soon) or other for 5.4m

    B) Bruno + Bamford + 4.6m defender

    1. Goonsquad245
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Do you think Bruno is a better option than Son? Struggling to see how this is even a question

      1. El Fenomeno R9
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        Dont struggle its question.
        Yes,Bruno is better option than Son for me but problem is with other two.

        1. Goonsquad245
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 16 days ago

          Another 15 pens then?

          1. El Fenomeno R9
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 16 days ago

            Anything above 10 will be ok,he will score few from open play/set pieces too.

            1. Goonsquad245
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 16 days ago

              If you think Bruno will score > 10 more pens this season, go for him

              1. Amey
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 16 days ago

                Will we have him for all of them is issue

    2. Iceball
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      A

      1. El Fenomeno R9
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        Cheers,have B may need to do Bruno > Son for hit to get other two.

    3. Sgt Frank Drebin
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      A by an equator

  4. Pep Roulette
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Are Ayling & Dallas worth the hype?

    1. Dynamic Duos
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Prefer KWP and Konsa

    2. zdrojo187
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Dallas in my opinion will be Lundstram 2.0...so...YES

    3. Amey
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Dallas is amazing.
      I'm waiting till some GW's. Will swap Taylor for him

    4. Pep Roulette
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Cheers everyone

    5. leo_messi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      My plan is to swap Justin for Dallas next gameweek

  5. HaffNanner
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Punting on Brewster as a starting striker means I don’t have to choose between Kane, Son and KDB. What do you reckon?

    Martinez (4.0)
    Chilwell Saiss Ayling (Lamptey Mitchell)
    Salah KDB Son Rodriguez (Bissouma)
    Kane DCL Brewster

    1. Wolves Ay We
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      I'd rather play Lamptey every week.

    2. jaguar shark
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      bold move, but could pay off, and if not you are two move away from a normal team again... i dont hate this idea.

  6. Gatekeeper22
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Son, grealish, walker peters or bellerin, bruno, mcginn

      Ryan, steele
      Coady, robertson, chillwell, mitchell, x
      Kdb, salah, saint max, x, x
      Dcl, jimi, Brewster

      1. Zrinkec
          1 month, 16 days ago

          1

      2. Dynamic Duos
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        Everyone needs one of Robbo or Trent

        1. Brosstan
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 16 days ago

          Trent is rubbish

          1. Dynamic Duos
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 16 days ago

            Yeah, right, ok

          2. Shineonme
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 16 days ago

            derr

        2. Homer21
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 16 days ago

          I'll wait till one of them starts firing.......

        3. Camzy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 16 days ago

          Robbo for me. Will likely get him for GW6. Let's see.

        4. jaguar shark
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 16 days ago

          everybody needs a -2 every now and again... ;b

      3. Wolves Ay We
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        Points tumbling week by week. Love a challenge. 😀

        It's a game after all.

        1. Dynamic Duos
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 16 days ago

          Oooops, only way is up, last week was my best week

        2. Little Red Lacazette
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 16 days ago

          Green arrow next week.

      4. Oh Mane Mane
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        On wildcard would you rather have:

        A) KDB & Maupay
        B) Grealish & Kane

        1. Dynamic Duos
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 16 days ago

          A

        2. Dynamic Duos
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 16 days ago

          KDB will get a massive haul v Arsenal and everyone will want him back

        3. Homer21
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 16 days ago

          B

        4. Pep Roulette
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 16 days ago

          B

        5. Little Red Lacazette
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 16 days ago

          A

        6. Shineonme
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 16 days ago

          B

        7. Tony Moon
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 16 days ago

          B

        8. El Niño Yanqui
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 16 days ago

          I would rather have B last week

          I basically had A and I got Red Arrows and Pain

          Long term they are probably equal choices, KBD is still the best in the league

      5. Oh Mane Mane
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        Beat option between Dallas and Ayling?

      6. Shineonme
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        Play Ayling or Mitchell?

        1. Right In The Stanchion
            1 month, 16 days ago

            I currently have Ayling playing. Mitchell on bench.

            Ayling more attacking

            1. Shineonme
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 16 days ago

              Yeah was leaning that way. Thanks.

        2. Right In The Stanchion
            1 month, 16 days ago

            Play Justin (AV) or Mitchell (BRI) ?

            1. Hakim Ziyech
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 16 days ago

              Justin

          • Amey
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 16 days ago

            Good article

            1. Did you see that throw-in?
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 16 days ago

              the

              1. Amey
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 16 days ago

                It

            2. Az
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • Has Moderation Rights
              • 11 Years
              1 month, 16 days ago

              Thanks! 🙂

          • Dynamic Duos
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 16 days ago

            Must try harder , must try harder , note to self

          • Dwotle
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            1 month, 16 days ago

            Thoughts on this WC draft?

            Martinez (Steer)
            Robbo Saiss Chilwell (Lewis Mitchell)
            Salah Sterling Son Rodriguez (Stephens)
            Antonio DCL Wilson

            1. Shineonme
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 16 days ago

              Looks good.

            2. Lord Flashheart
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 16 days ago

              Antonio can wait for good fixtures.

              Maybe ollie or Wilson or Maupay for now

              1. Dwotle
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                1 month, 16 days ago

                Figured Antonio might be fixture-proof. Might switch for someone else, thanks.

          • jam sandwich
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 16 days ago

            is this the dream wildcard front 7?

            Salah - Sterling - Son - Rodriguez
            Kane - DCL - Maupay

            1. jam sandwich
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 16 days ago

              can afford with:

              Martinez - 4.0
              Saiss - Zouma - KWP - Ayling - 4.0
              and a 4.4 mid

              1. Dynamic Duos
                • 7 Years
                1 month, 16 days ago

                If your happy to go without Robbo or Trent it looks good

            2. Dynamic Duos
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 16 days ago

              Salah KDB Bruno Son Hames
              DCL Antonio

              1. jam sandwich
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 16 days ago

                with that mid 5 I can stretch to:

                McCarthy - Forster
                Chilwell - Saiss - Lamptey - Ayling - Dunne
                Salah - Sterling - Fernandes - Son , Rodriguez
                DCL - Watkins - Brewster

                1. Dynamic Duos
                  • 7 Years
                  1 month, 16 days ago

                  Great team

            3. polis
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 16 days ago

              No. There isn't one.

              Which makes this season all the more exciting.

            4. Shineonme
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 16 days ago

              I'd say atm imo... son, sterling, Rod J. Salah, Kane, DLC Wilson.. so you're not far off.

            5. Camzy
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              1 month, 16 days ago

              I think I'd prefer Grealish to Rodriguez.

              But otherwise, pretty much.

              1. IRBOX ⚽
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 16 days ago

                😆

          • Kryptonite666
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 16 days ago

            What is the consensus opinion on Maupay v Wilson on a WC ?

            1. polis
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 16 days ago

              Or Antonio. Or Watkins.

              Or maybe even Brewster.

              1. Shineonme
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 16 days ago

                I wouldn't sant brewster until I know he's a starter and plays 90 min. He'll probably only get 15 to 20 min next Gw and who knows after that.

                1. Shineonme
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 16 days ago

                  start #

                2. Kryptonite666
                  • 1 Year
                  1 month, 16 days ago

                  Sheffield Striker situation is quite dire. They have spent record transfer amount on this guy. i reckon he’d start every week. Issue is bad fixtures

                3. Dynamic Duos
                  • 7 Years
                  1 month, 16 days ago

                  Yeah I can't see Brewster being nailed on , when Sheffield United have McGoldrick, McBurnie, Sharp and Burke, who score so many goals, prolific they are, doh

                  1. Shineonme
                    • 4 Years
                    1 month, 16 days ago

                    The thing is even of he starts most games sheff utd are that bad i just cant see brewster hauling in many games if any. Nice price I know but after all it is sheff utd we're talking about.

                    1. polis
                      • 9 Years
                      1 month, 16 days ago

                      It's the like for like financial comparison though isn't it?

                      Don't have to start him every week because he's a 4.5 player but if you get a last minute covid related withdrawal he's not a shabby player to have around.

                      1. Dynamic Duos
                        • 7 Years
                        1 month, 16 days ago

                        Yeah he is my 8th , but had him since day 1

                        1. polis
                          • 9 Years
                          1 month, 16 days ago

                          Also have him to allow 5 in midfield.

                          Tempted to start him next week but kind of defeats the point.

                          To my own, if someone doesn't make it. I'm happy to put him in instead.

                4. polis
                  • 9 Years
                  1 month, 16 days ago

                  Fair point but he's a big enabler.

                  4.5m and Sheff U haven't spent 20m+ on a striker that they won't be playing every week.

                  1. Hotdogs for Tea
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 5 Years
                    1 month, 16 days ago

                    the paid that much for McBurnie 😉

            2. Atimis
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 16 days ago

              Maupay for next two, both on pens but Maupay in more attacking team

          • keefyefc
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 16 days ago

            I've just checked the full 15 player squad with maximum points at the moment costs just £101.1m at buying price .
            Some of these players we should already have .
            The only downside I can see to this is no Man City players .
            Although it does include both Son & Kane -who could be swapped for Aguero when he returns to cover this.
            Other observations are 3 Villa players (Martinez plus 1 defender & Grealish)
            Also 5 defenders valued at @£5.0m or more .

            1. keefyefc
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 16 days ago

              If anyone is interested here's the squad
              Martinez/Darlow
              Castagne/Cresswell/Saiss/Mings/Zouma
              Son/Salah/Grealish/Rodriguez/Jorginho
              Kane/DCL/Wilson

          • Will J 256
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            1 month, 16 days ago

            Which two would you play?
            Mitchell (BHA)-H
            Lamptey (CRY)-A
            Ayling (WOL)-H
            Podence (LEE)-A
            Brewster (FUL)-H

            1. Tcheco
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 16 days ago

              the 2 forwards

          • AD2110
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 16 days ago

            Ings or Jiminez on a WC?

            1. keefyefc
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 16 days ago

              Who are your other 2 forwards ?

              1. AD2110
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 16 days ago

                DCL + Wilson

                1. keefyefc
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  1 month, 16 days ago

                  Jiminez based on short term fixtures
                  Put Muapay on your watchlist

          • Lord Flashheart
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 16 days ago

            No city players for me thanks.

            A no form
            B fixtures not great
            C Kun and Jesus are back very soon pep roulette is nasty
            D they are expensive (unless mahrez is starting most games- dont trust foden)
            E many players share the points, hard to know who
            F many other good options

            Just makes life easier...

            1. polis
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 16 days ago

              I'm sure KDB and Sterling will say hello some weeks but it's not a terrible idea.

              1. Lord Flashheart
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                1 month, 16 days ago

                Of course in the future things will change. I’m just saying for current woldcarders

                1. polis
                  • 9 Years
                  1 month, 16 days ago

                  As I say, not a terrible idea.

                  The difficulty is the expectation for every player (especially premium) to return every week, which isn't realistic at all.

                  I'd go with one and hold but we all play this game differently.

            2. Amey
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 16 days ago

              Whenever we think like this, it's mostly to make ourselves feel better.

              Just saying 🙂

              GL

            3. Dynamic Duos
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 16 days ago

              G) KDB best player in the league and playing for the most attacking team in the league , bounce back masterclass v Arsenal incoming

              1. Lord Flashheart
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                1 month, 16 days ago

                In the future, will consider him of course. Just not on my current wc

                1. Dynamic Duos
                  • 7 Years
                  1 month, 16 days ago

                  GL with that

            4. keefyefc
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 16 days ago

              I'm holding KdB for 2 more weeks then I will reconsider .
              He has 3 red (4 rated on FPL) games in a row 7/8 & 9 .

              1. Dynamic Duos
                • 7 Years
                1 month, 16 days ago

                One is Sheffield Utd lmfao

              2. polis
                • 9 Years
                1 month, 16 days ago

                Do you think these players don't turn up for the bigger games?

                I understand the logic here and I look at fixtures too but quality does prevail longer term.

            5. claretparrot
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 16 days ago

              For now it's fine. You just need to know you can get to them quickly when they inevitably start firing

          • Tony Martial
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 16 days ago

            Captain
            Kane or Son?

            And best 5.3 defender that isn’t Saiss?

            Thanks all

            1. Dynamic Duos
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 16 days ago

              If only you could of got PVA, Zouma is up there or just go into the 4.5-4.7 (sub bracket).

              Son

              1. Tony Martial
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 16 days ago

                I know real shame man

                Son really!?

                1. Dynamic Duos
                  • 7 Years
                  1 month, 16 days ago

                  Yeah Son is the most advanced player in that team, he is basically playing oop

              2. It’s gonna Ben Mee
                • 6 Years
                1 month, 16 days ago

                PVA ready?

                1. Dynamic Duos
                  • 7 Years
                  1 month, 16 days ago

                  Should be back after the break yeah

                  1. It’s gonna Ben Mee
                    • 6 Years
                    1 month, 16 days ago

                    Nice! Have rethink my WC now

          • claretparrot
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 16 days ago

            In what has been a pretty negative few weeks so far, what is your favourite thing about your current team? What do you love most about it?

            1. claretparrot
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 16 days ago

              I'll start.

              For the first time i can remember, I'm not 'too tied to any one asset. I'd be happy to ditch any of them as soon as they stop performing.

              In previous seasons I've held on for far too long to players that I was convinced would come good.

            2. OLDHERMAN
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 16 days ago

              Barnes and Calvert-Lewin from the very beginning. They have been more coherent and brave than me. I'll learn the lesson.

            3. polis
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 16 days ago

              The bench.

              I have one for once.

            4. keefyefc
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 16 days ago

              Team value £101.9m & 5 of the team of the season

            5. Dynamic Duos
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 16 days ago

              Midfield with Hames from day 1

            6. Dynamic Duos
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 16 days ago

              Had a reasonable start

            7. leo_messi
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 16 days ago

              My midfield! Hames Grealish Salah Sterling and Son looks amazing!

          • Will J 256
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            1 month, 16 days ago

            Hi guys, which two would you play here?

            Mitchell (BHA)-H
            Lamptey (CRY)-A
            Ayling (WOL)-H
            Podence (LEE)-A
            Brewster (FUL)-H

            Hope this makes sense!

            1. It’s gonna Ben Mee
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 16 days ago

              2 and 5

            2. FC Hakkebøf
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 16 days ago

              3 and 6

              1. FC Hakkebøf
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 16 days ago

                5*

            3. MSTRKRFTSMN
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 16 days ago

              2, 5

          • FC Hakkebøf
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 16 days ago

            Pick two for a wildcard:

            A) Pulisic (2 votes)
            B) Rodriguez (5 votes)
            C) Zaha (1 vote)
            D) Grealish (6 votes)

            Price doesn't matter as I want to be flexible and be able to switch between them.

            1. MSTRKRFTSMN
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 16 days ago

              For long term hold? Puli and Hames. The other 2 arent even close

              1. FC Hakkebøf
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 16 days ago

                At least 3-4 weeks

                1. MSTRKRFTSMN
                  • 7 Years
                  1 month, 16 days ago

                  Don’t like Grealish short term, don’t like palace attacking at all for even plumb fixtures however long you look. Puli could be player of the year this year if he picks up where he left off. Hames... tough next game but otherwise hard to see a better option at that price point

              2. polis
                • 9 Years
                1 month, 16 days ago

                Agree up to the point Puli picks up yet another knock.

            2. polis
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 16 days ago

              I'm contradicting your question but I think JRod and Grealish could be two core players to just stick with for the season and change others.

              1. FC Hakkebøf
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 16 days ago

                You are that confident in grealish!?

                1. Zim0
                  • 2 Years
                  1 month, 16 days ago

                  Yeah he singlehandedly did everything for Villa last year and now he has players that can help him.

                2. polis
                  • 9 Years
                  1 month, 16 days ago

                  7m, 149 points last season, team has bought well and improved, talisman.

                  I think he has a lot going for him and could just tick over. 175+ points isn't beyond the realms and that's value I think.

                3. MSTRKRFTSMN
                  • 7 Years
                  1 month, 16 days ago

                  Do we know when villas double Gameweek will be?

                4. MSTRKRFTSMN
                  • 7 Years
                  1 month, 16 days ago

                  Grealish Has LEI, LEE, SOU, ARS next 4 games...., not for me. Don’t buy the hype yet to put him in for those 4 games

                  1. polis
                    • 9 Years
                    1 month, 16 days ago

                    That's cool. Play the game you want.

                    I'd say if Villa score in any of those, and could feasibly in all of them, there's quite a high chance he's involved.

                    He's not going to score 24 points every week but if he comes out of that with 20 points from the 4 I'd be very happy.

                    1. MSTRKRFTSMN
                      • 7 Years
                      1 month, 16 days ago

                      Puli and Hanes capable of 20 points in a game against anybody. No right or wrong answer. I just think those fixtures might be more tricky than they look at a glance

                      1. polis
                        • 9 Years
                        1 month, 16 days ago

                        You're no wrong but then I guess nor is Grealish looking at the pool game.

                        A fully fit Puli is an incredible pick. Though I do think Chelsea will be sharing the points around.

                        My initial point being Grealish and JRod are players I think you can put in a team and just leave every week. You probably won't captain them but if they're fit and not suspended they play and can return.

                  2. Klaren
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 3 Years
                    1 month, 16 days ago

                    Other than Arsenal, it couldn’t get much better than that.

              2. MSTRKRFTSMN
                • 7 Years
                1 month, 16 days ago

                Agree but what a player he’s becoming when he is fit. Lamps has talked about the need to be gentle with him already so definitely one to monitor

                1. keefyefc
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  1 month, 16 days ago

                  I'd like to revisit this thread at the end of the season .
                  Pulisic now listed as available
                  Start the clock now with both players at zero

            3. Pukkipartyy
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 16 days ago

              AB

            4. Phil's Stamps
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 16 days ago

              James & Grealish and it isn't even close.

            5. keefyefc
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 16 days ago

              Looking at the list of midfielders £7.2m or less I would expect Grealish to outscore all of them over a season .
              Zaha & Pulisc will have outstanding gameweeks but aren't consistent enough .
              Plus J Rod of course .

            6. Klaren
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 16 days ago

              Grealish and Zaha. Rodriguez isn’t a bad option either but definitely stay away from Pulisic.

              1. FC Hakkebøf
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 16 days ago

                Why stay away?

                1. Klaren
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 16 days ago

                  Injury prone, we don't know what state/form he will return from injury, at risk of rotation and managed minutes.

                  He performed significantly better when playing alonside Giroud instead of Abraham last season; we don't know how his style will fit alongside Havertz/Werner.

                  Also while he is a very good player, his style (constantly running onto opposition defenders) often means he needs at least 2 attacking returns to get any baps which reduces his points potential.

            7. Camzy
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              1 month, 16 days ago

              Grealish and Pulisic.

          • Pukkipartyy
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 16 days ago

            Do u think Trossard could be good FPL asset? Thinking to downgrade Foden.

            1. polis
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 16 days ago

              Already is.

          • keefyefc
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 16 days ago

            I've just revisited my pre wildcard team (gameweek 2)
            I've only got 2 of the players now in my squad (Salah & Digne)

          • Dynamic Duos
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 16 days ago

            Hames and Grealish or Bruno and Trossard?

            1. Camzy
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              1 month, 16 days ago

              A all day.

              1. Dynamic Duos
                • 7 Years
                1 month, 16 days ago

                Coming round to Grealish now haha 🙂

                1. Camzy
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 10 Years
                  1 month, 16 days ago

                  You won't regret it. I'm very confident in him being a good asset this year.

                2. FC Hakkebøf
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 16 days ago

                  😮

            2. polis
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 16 days ago

              Probably all four at various points over the season.

          • Camzy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 16 days ago

            Grealish vs James is a very interesting comparison.

            They're almost deadeven imo.

            Grealish has the overall stronger stats but in the key attacking stats, James leads.

            James with slightly higher xG, xA and xGI
            Grealish with more goal attempts, much more pen area touches (28 vs 5)

            Both look pretty elite and worth closer to 9m with these numbers. I think both of them are pretty outstanding options going forward.

            1. Dynamic Duos
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 16 days ago

              Adding Son and Grealish this gwk i think for Bruno and Podence, midfield would be

              Salah KDB Son Hames Grealish

            2. polis
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 16 days ago

              Two threads above saying similar, less your stats, but agree.

              Also a fairly simple eye test that the vast majority of both teams play goes through them. Which is pretty ideal.

          • Dynamic Duos
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 16 days ago

            Why isn't Grosiki playing for WBA?

            1. SmasherLagru
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 16 days ago

              Cos hes about 40 kid