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Set pieces – or a lack of them – could be key to defining Alex Telles’ FPL appeal

Arriving in the Premier League off the back of a season in which he delivered 19 attacking returns, Alex Telles (£5.5m) was one of the more intriguing captures of transfer deadline day from a Fantasy perspective.

The left-sided defender was signed by Manchester United for a reported £13.6m, a cut-price fee as the Brazilian was set to be out of contract with Porto at the end of the current campaign.

Telles has penned a four-year deal with the Red Devils, with the option to extend for a further 12 months.

The Brazil international boasts some eye-catching statistics from his time in Portugal, having scored on 26 occasions and set up a further 57 goals in 195 appearances in all competitions.

Priced up at a reasonable £5.5m in Fantasy Premier League, are those numbers too good to be true and is he an FPL asset to seriously consider?

We assess his worth in the article below.

THE HISTORY

Born in December 1992 and set to turn 28 midway through the 2020/21 campaign, Telles is by no means “one for the future”.

Starting his professional career in his homeland with fourth-tier side Juventude, Telles moved to Gremio at the age of 21 and spent one year with the Brazilian giants before being snapped up by Roberto Mancini’s Galatasaray.

Immediately establishing himself as the Turkish side’s first-choice left-back upon his move to Europe in January 2014, Telles then fell foul of Mancini’s successor Cesare Prandelli, only returning as a regular when the latter departed.

Reunited with Mancini for another hit-and-miss campaign on loan at Inter in 2015/16, it wasn’t until Telles moved to Porto in July 2016 that we started to see him kick on.

Nine attacking returns in his debut campaign in Liga NOS included a hat-trick of assists against Rio Ave, a feat he repeated the following season against Braga.

The 2017/18 campaign saw Telles rack up more assists (13) than any other player in the Portuguese top flight, with the subsequent season seeing him chalk up another 12 attacking returns on the domestic front for Porto.

The new United left-back hit double figures for goals in his final full season in Portugal and was still at it in the last month, playing a part in all three goals in the 3-1 win over Braga in mid-September and then claiming an assist in his final appearance for Porto last Saturday.

SeasonLeague AppsGoalsAssists
2016/173218
2017/1830313
2018/193348
2019/2031118
2020/21322

Sources: Whoscored and Transfermarkt


PLAYING STYLE

Any full-back who arrives in the Premier League with an attacking reputation will immediately pique the interest of Fantasy managers and Telles certainly fits the bill, as his statistics above indicate.

That is doubly so if the player in question is a set-piece specialist, which is one of the strings to Telles’ bow.

On dead-ball duties throughout his time at Porto, six of his eight assists in 2019/20 came from corners.

Pedro Cunha, the Porto editor for Portuguese football website MaisFutebol, told The Athletic:

He is very, very strong when it comes to the attacking side of the game. He scores important goals from outside the box — he got two or three last season alone — but his biggest asset is his crossing ability.

The way he bends the ball into the box is exceptional, and it usually results in one of the forwards getting an effort on goal. He set up at least 10 goals every season for Porto, which tells you what kind of full-back Alex is. In Portugal, we say that his crosses aren’t just crosses; they are passes that land on his teammates’ heads.

Telles himself said to MUTV upon his move:

I like to think of myself as a very intelligent player, a set-piece specialist and I’m always looking for opportunities to create passes to score goals.

I look at being a defender in a different way with my goals. I’m looking to create more openings wherever possible but during training, I also pay particular attention to set-piece training.

Apart from the key basics of being a defender, which is obviously about defending well, I want to have extra aspects to my game so I’m a versatile player.

I have great beliefs in my defensive capabilities but also in my attacking ability. I’m in the best moment of my career and I believe I’ve grown a lot, and hopefully, I can continue to do so.

The defensive side of Telles’ game will come under a lot of scrutiny upon his move to England.

The Brazilian is, a bit like Serge Aurier (£5.2m) or Marcos Alonso (£5.9m), more renowned for supplying goals than stopping them and any shortcomings are bound to be exposed against a higher quality of opponent than the ones he faced in a limited Liga NOS.

Fantasy managers may care little if he is providing regular returns at the other end of the pitch but clean sheet potential is the bread and butter of an FPL defender, and his arrival will likely do little to shore up a United backline that has been woefully out of sorts in 2020/21 so far.

The somewhat generous Cunha did suggest that working with Porto boss Sergio Conceicao has improved Telles defensively, however:

He defends as well as he attacks. Working with Sergio Conceicao, who places huge importance on the defensive side of the game, really helped him. He has made Alex into a very competent defender.

He is very impressive physically and hardly makes any mistakes. You really saw the difference down Porto’s left flank whenever he wasn’t playing.

The Statistics

As alluded to above, Telles’ crossing is his main strength.

He has been top of the Liga NOS in each of the last three seasons for attempted crosses, with the 347 he delivered in 2018/19 only 25 short of the total that Trent Alexander-Arnold (£7.5m) sent over last season.

Telles’ total of 39 shots in 2019/20 would have placed him third among FPL defenders, while his tally of 57 chances created in the same season would have seen him ranked fourth among his positional peers – although again, some weighting would have to be applied to the standard of competition.

Compared to his rival for the left-back position at United, Telles predictably outperforms Luke Shaw (£4.9m) offensively but the England international has the edge in some key defensive metrics.


Going back to the question we asked at the beginning of this piece: is Telles too good to be true from a Fantasy perspective?

The answer, sadly, might be a yes.

The Brazilian has relied massively on set-piece responsibilities for his attacking returns at Porto, especially when it comes to finding the back of the net: eight of his 11 strikes in 2019/20 and 14 of the 21 Liga NOS goals in his career came from the penalty spot.

Six of his eight assists last season arrived from corners, while two-thirds of his 57 chances created stemmed from set plays.

How much of a look-in he gets at dead-ball situations at Old Trafford is the key question here, with Bruno Fernandes (£10.5m) effectively having the monopoly on free-kicks, corners and penalties ever since the Portugal international moved to England earlier this year.

It seems unlikely that Telles will jump to the front of the queue for spot-kicks at United but, given that he is left-footed, his ability to swing in set-piece deliveries at different angles from the right-footed Fernandes may ensure that he at least gets a share of free-kicks and corners at his new club.

While his trademark flat long throw is also an interesting weapon, it hasn’t directly led to any assists in the Portuguese top flight.

The Prospects

Shaw’s place would look to be in some doubt following Telles’ arrival and his own individual display in the 6-1 thrashing by Spurs couldn’t have come at a worse time.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer does have previous for rolling out a wing-back system, however, especially in the so-called “tougher” games.

The Gameweek 4 capitulation may prompt Solskjaer to rethink his usual 4-2-3-1 formation given how exposed Harry Maguire (£5.4m) was against the Lilywhites, and Shaw has arguably looked a lot better when playing as a left-sided centre-half in the past.

Telles and Shaw could even feature in the same side then, in some of United’s upcoming matches.

FPL investment in any of the Red Devils’ defence looks undesirable at present, given that they have shipped as many goals in their first three Premier League matches of 2020/21 (11) as they did in the final 17 fixtures of last season.

Games against Arsenal, Chelsea and top-of-the-table Everton are to come in the next four Gameweeks, so there may be little appetite for a United defender in the Fantasy community while confidence is at rock bottom – although the same could be said for a number of teams in this topsy-turvy campaign and there’s an argument to be had for merely buying the most attack-minded assets at the back.

Should the Red Devils even partly rediscover the form that saw them keep nine clean sheets in their last 14 matches of 2019/20, then attention switches to Telles.

Will he be Solskjaer’s first-choice option at left-back? And how much of a say will he have at set plays? Those two questions will be key to assessing his appeal and the stretch of games between now and the November international break seems like a good audition period, with more favourable fixtures to follow from Gameweek 9.

Long-range howitzers and a bombardment of crosses will see him accumulate a handful of attacking returns from open play even if Fernandes continues to hog free-kicks, corners and penalties, but United aren’t renowned for scoring goals from headers and his assist potential may suffer as a consequence.

As the below table shows, only Spurs had fewer headed goal attempts than the Red Devils last season.

The disappointing end product of Aaron Wan-Bissaka (£5.4m), whose cross success rate was a poor 13.6%, perhaps partly explains this but Anthony Martial‘s (£8.8m) tendency to drift away from the box often leaves United without a goal-hanging targetman, so the question has to be asked as to who exactly will be on the end of Telles’ abundance of deliveries.



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1,195 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Will J 256
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    1 month, 20 days ago

    I know this has been asked a lot already, but who do you guys prefer? Ayling or Dallas?

    1. Coys96
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Dallas

    2. Badluck Jonathan
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Hard to choose so I got both

    3. Neves say Neves
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      To me Ayling is the superior footballer. Dallas is OOP sometimes though

    4. HurriKane
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Dallas

      1. Will J 256
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        1 month, 19 days ago

        Thanks!!

    5. Warby84
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Ayling for bonus

      1. Will J 256
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        1 month, 19 days ago

        Thanks!

  2. Gunner Boy
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 20 days ago

    Which is better?

    A- Klich + Kane
    B- Son + Bamford

    1. Coys96
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Aa

    2. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Neither? Don't like Bamford or Klich much.

    3. Kvothe
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      B

    4. Neves say Neves
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      B

    5. HurriKane
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      B

  3. Neves say Neves
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 20 days ago

    What's going on with Chilwell? Seen some reports of him having COVID, some saying he's just ill. I'm planning on replacing Doherty with him this week...

    1. Hy liverpool
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Link to these reports please?

      1. Silver_and_Gold
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        1 month, 19 days ago

        Kindergarten...

    2. Firminoooo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Thats it. Brought in Chillwell in a -8 hit. No chill well for me tonight.

  4. Pep Roulette
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 19 days ago

    @Camzy Going without Son/Kane? Can I know why? I don't have any Spurs player but I am scared about it given their form and fixtures!

    1. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      I have Son.

      1. Pep Roulette
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        You were planning not to get them right? What transfers did you make?

        1. Camzy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          What? no... Mahrez > Son is my transfer this week.

          I would never advocate against Spurs. Not in this current form.

          1. Pep Roulette
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            Okay mate! Cheers!

          2. Dynamic Duos
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            No Grealish?

            1. Camzy
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              1 month, 19 days ago

              I'm not on wildcard anymore... Can't get him in unless I ditch Havertz and I'm not gonna do it this week.

              1. Dynamic Duos
                • 7 Years
                1 month, 19 days ago

                Ok mate doesn't look like I'm getting him either, I'm getting Son for Hames, can't bring myself to sell Bruno, but I need some funds. It will have to be

                TAA to Robbo or James to Konsa

  5. Will J 256
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    1 month, 19 days ago

    Is zouma a good option? Chelsea have decent fixtures for clean sheets. Am I going mad?!

    1. skodaole2
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      SOU, mun, bur, SHU, new, TOT the next 6, how many cs can you see there? Plus with CL games, no Chelsea defender is 100% nailed for all games imo.

      1. Will J 256
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        1 month, 19 days ago

        True. I can see a few in that run personally, but like you said no Chelsea defender is nailed. A bit of a lottery to be honest!

      2. Dynamic Duos
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        4

        1. Will J 256
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          1 month, 19 days ago

          Thanks!

        2. skodaole2
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          4 cs in the next 6? You should at least double CHE def if you believe that

      3. MSTRKRFTSMN
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        2

    2. Kvothe
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      I think Mendy is a better option if looking at cheapest route to a Chelsea defence (assuming he’s fit).

  6. Tabes
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 19 days ago

    Double up for Licester defense Yes or No?

    1. Kvothe
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      No

    2. Warby84
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      No

    3. redsallstars
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 19 days ago

      No

  7. LucasMoregametime
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Reece James to Telles for a hit?

      1. redsallstars
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 19 days ago

        Nope, I wouldn’t take hits for defenders. James could start next game. If not can get rid week after

      2. Over The Mounié
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        Did you not read the article above? Telles will likely turn out to be overpriced.

    • Will J 256
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Best Reece james replacement? 5.0 and below? Have Martinez in goal just incase you guys recommended any villa defenders! Also have Saiss!

      1. redsallstars
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 19 days ago

        Lamptey if he’s fit

        1. Kvothe
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          This

          1. Will J 256
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            1 month, 19 days ago

            Thanks!

    • Will J 256
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Have a few benching issues heading into GW5. Which two would you start here?
      1. Lamptey
      2. Mitchell
      3. Ayling
      4. Podence
      5. Brewster

      1. Pep Roulette
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        4 & 5

      2. MSTRKRFTSMN
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        1&5. I can see Lamptey getting assists/winning pens. Brewster gotta be worth a punt. You’re right though... tough calls to be made but nice options to have

        1. Will J 256
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          1 month, 19 days ago

          Thanks very much! Nice issues to have I suppose!

      3. Rhinos
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        You need to word this better as you can't start 4 and 5 without starting one of the other 3

        1. Will J 256
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          1 month, 19 days ago

          I am playing 3 at the back, so will need one of those defenders, plus either one of Brewster or Podence. 3-4-3 vs 3-5-2?

      4. Kvothe
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        I would start Lamptey vs any opposition beside Liverpool/City. The other one, probably Podence. I fancy Brighton and Wolves to score. However, Brewster could pay off if he starts.

        1. Will J 256
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          1 month, 19 days ago

          Thanks!!

      5. Lord Bendtner
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        4&5

      1. Rhinos
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        Struijck will start if both out but it's a big if

    • Lord Bendtner
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Would you rather go for

      A) Grealish as your fifth midfielder (7.1)
      B) Antonio/Watkins/Wood/Bamford as your third striker? Assuming your other two strikers are Maupay and Wilson.

      1. Alexis Nonsense
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        I'd go for the one of Grealish and Watkins who is lesser owned

      2. Dynamic Duos
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        You don't have DCL?

        1. Lord Bendtner
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          No DCL or James. Planning on going evertonless for the next game. Then maybe bring in DCL later.

        2. Lord Bendtner
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          People forget that Wilson has 3 points lesser than DCL and is $1.2mn cheaper

          1. Dynamic Duos
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            Who is that then? my strike force on a wc atm would be

            DCL, Wilson and Maupay

            Antonio coming in 8/10

            1. Lord Bendtner
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 19 days ago

              I think DCL will blank against liverpool (because inevitably they'll bounce back) and international game fatigue for Everton will kick in. I also plan on bringing Antonio on GW 8.

              I think I'm going Wilson, Maupay, Wood (vs WBA)

              1. Dynamic Duos
                • 7 Years
                1 month, 19 days ago

                What about DCL 6 and 7?

    • Will J 256
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Walker peters or ayling/Dallas?

      1. Dynamic Duos
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        KWP

        1. Lord Bendtner
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          Dallas for the attacking returns potential

          1. Will J 256
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            1 month, 19 days ago

            Thanks!

          2. Dynamic Duos
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            Have you watched KWP play? Very very attacking

            1. Lord Bendtner
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 19 days ago

              Can't go wrong with KWP or Dallas/Ayling. I think they're all great value at that 4.5 slot.

      2. Rinseboy
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        KWP

      3. Badluck Jonathan
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        Hard to choose so I got all 3

    • Africa United
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Any news on Sterling injury?

        1. Africa United
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          Thanks cheers

    • Rhinos
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      McCarthy
      James PVA Ayling
      Salah Son Bruno Harrison Soucek
      Wilson Kane

      4.0 Brewster Digne Ferguson

      Wc gtg?

      1. Lord Bendtner
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        Looks good but try getting rid of Digne for another 4.5 or Lamptey, and upgrade your midfield.

        1. skodaole2
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          I really like the differential approach. Only player i wouldnt hold on WC is Reece J., i have him in my team just because i have already used my WC. But you did a good job with the bench so why not, gtg and GL

    • Will J 256
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Hi guys. Sorry for so many questions. Do you happen to know if jack Harrison will continue to start for Leeds given their new signing?

      1. Rhinos
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        what new signing

        1. Will J 256
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          1 month, 19 days ago

          Raphinia? Sorry if I have misspelt that

          1. Rhinos
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            He's the other side. Harrison should start 30+'games this season

      2. Dynamic Duos
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        Harrison wasn't able to play v his parent club(City)

        1. Will J 256
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          1 month, 19 days ago

          Yeah fair enough!

    • bigdip
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      McCarthy
      TAA - Saiss - DOHERTY - Coady
      Sterling- Salah - ASM- Barnes
      WERNER - Mitrovic

      (Steer- - KWP - Bissouma - Adams)

      (2.5 ITB, 1FT)

      A) Werner to Kane
      B) Doherty & ASM to a 4.7 def & Son
      C) ASM & Werner to Son & Watkins
      D) Doherty & Werner to 7.1def & Kane
      E) Any other suggestions welcome

      1. Lord Bendtner
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        B for me. Doherty is becoming a rotation risk and hasn't delivered the goods for his value.

        Werner could do well with Pulisic and Ziyech coming back

      2. skodaole2
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        A, would start Adams ahead of Coady though

      3. Rinseboy
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        I like A mate

    • Will J 256
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 19 days ago

      What do you guys make of benching Reece james for GW5?

      1. Rhinos
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        why not answer some other posts

        1. Will J 256
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          1 month, 19 days ago

          Sorry I should do. Quite new to this so very interested at all your thoughts, as you are far more experienced than me!

          1. Dynamic Duos
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            But your opinion would still be appreciated by people , I'm sure you still have good knowledge, most people on here are always willing to help, ask as many questions as you want

            1. Will J 256
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              1 month, 19 days ago

              That’s very kind. Really appreciate your comment: I do need to reply to some other posts though! Being too selfish. Also, rely on your footballing knowledge it has to be said. A few weeks back, you were very helpful so will be coming to you for any last minute queries! Ha ha

              1. Dynamic Duos
                • 7 Years
                1 month, 19 days ago

                Always happy to help mate 🙂 and hope the season goes well for you

                1. Will J 256
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  1 month, 19 days ago

                  Cheers mate. You too! Hope it all goes well.

                  1. Dynamic Duos
                    • 7 Years
                    1 month, 19 days ago

                    Cheers, link your team so we can see how you are getting on.

      2. Klaren
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        Probably means he lost his place in the short term. I can't see him starting vs Southampton either. With the CL starting, he might get some starts after that.

    • Dynamic Duos
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Colts @ Browns what a game

      1. Zrinkec
          1 month, 19 days ago

          OBJ will prevail somehow 😀

      2. Rinseboy
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        Which defender would you bench this week from
        Saiss Semedo James Lamptey?

        Thanks

        1. Dynamic Duos
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          Saiss

        2. El Niño Yanqui
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          James is probably not playing anyway - Lampard can’t take the defending lapses

          Semedo has yet to show us what Saiss and Lamptey has

          Semedo and James are interestingly the most talented, just other factors are playing into it

        3. Kvothe
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          I would bench James, expecting a cameo appearance from him, that Chelsea back four looked very good last game IMO.

          1. Dynamic Duos
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            Chilwell isn't well and Azpi can move over to left back

            1. Kvothe
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 19 days ago

              Fair point.

      3. Freshy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        Ankle Dislocation
        Zack Prescott

      4. Kvothe
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        Bench one: Grealish, Maupay, Trossard, Hamez, DCL

        1. Dynamic Duos
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          Hames, good chance he doesn't start

          1. Kvothe
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            I don’t see him being rotated for this game despite the late international duty. But leaning towards benching him regardless!

            1. Dynamic Duos
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 19 days ago

              I'm selling for Son

            2. FourLokoLeipzig
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 19 days ago

              Tough one, that, but I think you’re leaning the right way with Hames

        2. Seanigula
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          I think Hames starts unless he comes back in really bad condition...maybe just plays 60’

      5. Dynamic Duos
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        Fingers crossed Hames goes up in price tonight

        1. Seanigula
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          He won’t pass 100 by tonight

          1. Dynamic Duos
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            I'm live in hope the sites don't have it right, it has happened before this season

            1. Seanigula
              • 11 Years
              1 month, 19 days ago

              They usually don’t have it right when it’s over but they don’t rise, but who knows

      6. Dynamic Duos
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        I really don't to be forced to go Dallas over Konsa, I will be really disappointed, come on price rises

      7. whitepool
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        With Mane apparently going to 11.8 tonight, is anyone else tempted to bring him in for KDB? Liverpool have looked relatively good attacking and Salah and Mane are almost like insurance for one another.

        1. Seanigula
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          I wouldn’t spend 24 million to double up on 2 players from the same team when there so many other good options

          1. Dynamic Duos
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            Do you see, Sterling, KDB or Bruno outscoring Mane over the next 5/6 games?

            1. Seanigula
              • 11 Years
              1 month, 19 days ago

              I could see Sterling, Kane, Son, Grealish, Pulisic (if he starts every game) all outscoring him...but if he scores then maybe Salah doesn’t ...at their price it’s will the 2 of them outscore 2.5 - 3 of the others

              1. Dynamic Duos
                • 7 Years
                1 month, 19 days ago

                I actually like stacking

                Salah Mane Son Pulisic Grealish

                This looks so good imo

                1. Seanigula
                  • 11 Years
                  1 month, 19 days ago

                  Sure, but it leaves the forwards and defense weak...if you don’t think there are points hauls there then ok

                  1. Dynamic Duos
                    • 7 Years
                    1 month, 19 days ago

                    You don't like this?

                    Martinez Forster
                    Robbo Saiss Konsa KWP Mitchell
                    Salah Mane Son Pulisic Grealish
                    DCL Antonio Brewster

                    1. Seanigula
                      • 11 Years
                      1 month, 19 days ago

                      I think Brewster is essentially an inactive player, maybe you’ll get lucky and he scores on a day when he comes off the bench for you...Mitchell may lose his place...and Pulisic is a big question mark at this point...the rest is fine...I’d rather upgrade Antonio and a defender and go without Mane (Hames or someone instead)

                      1. Dynamic Duos
                        • 7 Years
                        1 month, 19 days ago

                        That is essentially Kane and Hames v Mane and Antonio

                        1. Seanigula
                          • 11 Years
                          1 month, 19 days ago

                          Maybe, I’d take Kane and Hames of that

                          1. Dynamic Duos
                            • 7 Years
                            1 month, 19 days ago

                            Close one I agree, so you like stacking Spurs but not Liverpool? 🙂

                          2. Seanigula
                            • 11 Years
                            1 month, 19 days ago

                            Not necessarily, but it’s 3 million cheaper

                          3. Dynamic Duos
                            • 7 Years
                            1 month, 19 days ago

                            That isn't how this is working most will have Son and Salah, it is about Kane being 0.8m cheaper.

                          4. Dynamic Duos
                            • 7 Years
                            1 month, 19 days ago

                            1.3m* even

                2. Seanigula
                  • 11 Years
                  1 month, 19 days ago

                  I question whether Pulisic can remain healthy and whether Grealish can continue bringing in points...one fluke game does not make a season, but he is pretty cheap

              2. Klaren
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 19 days ago

                Pretty sure Pulsiic won’t even come close to Mane, most overrated player in FPL this season.

                1. Seanigula
                  • 11 Years
                  1 month, 19 days ago

                  I agree over a season, but he can certainly put up points over a short period until he’s injured again

                2. Bobby_Styles
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 19 days ago

                  you misspelled Timo

            2. panda07
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 19 days ago

              I think captaincy is one of the reasons not to pick two premiums from the same club. Premium players are rarely good value in terms of points per million alone. You pay a more than their value in general because they are captain material. Having premium players from different clubs allows you to target good fixtures for captaincy. If Salah and Mane have a good fixture you can only captain one of them. If they have a bad fixture where you don't see them scoring well, you may have to take a punt on someone else in your team. Maybe if Liverpool have 6 plum fixtures in a row I might do it but it's a bit of a mixed bag at the moment.

              Captaincy and targeting fixtures has to be taken into account in the question you are asking.

        2. Pep Roulette
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          I wouldn't want to lose KDB. But if you think Salah+Mane double up is the way to go then go for it! It can surely work out for you!

          1. Seanigula
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            I’d lose KDB first, he has the worst current form and he limped off for Belgium

        3. GreennRed
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          They rarely haul in the same game so you'll have 12m getting you same points as a 7 or 8m mid plus you can spend the extra cash wiser.

          1. Seanigula
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            exactly

          2. Dynamic Duos
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            So are you saying that KDB, Sterling, Kane etc will haul in every match?

            Example

            Salah KDB haul next game and don't haul the next game

            Salah hauls next game and Mane doesn't but then it reverse the game after

            Would those combos come out with similar points over those 2 games?

            The point is will the other options outscore him over a certain period and that is the only point

            1. GreennRed
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 19 days ago

              I wrote what I'm saying. Only referred to Salah and Mane.

              1. Dynamic Duos
                • 7 Years
                1 month, 19 days ago

                It is irrelevant if they haul in the same game or not

                1. GreennRed
                  • 9 Years
                  1 month, 19 days ago

                  Sure you're golden if you have both and they both get big hauls in most games. I reckon thay doesn't happen often. Mane hauls when Salah doesn't and vice versa.

                  1. The VAR Team
                    • 1 Year
                    1 month, 19 days ago

                    Just... wow!

                  2. Klaren
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 3 Years
                    1 month, 19 days ago

                    It is completely irrelevant if they haul in the same match or not as long as you aren’t holding them only for 1 match (even then it doesn’t matter unless you can predict which one will haul).

                    1. Dynamic Duos
                      • 7 Years
                      1 month, 19 days ago

                      Exactly Klaren

                    2. The VAR Team
                      • 1 Year
                      1 month, 19 days ago

                      Don’t you also feel, when reading comments on here, that you should have much better OR?

                      1. Dynamic Duos
                        • 7 Years
                        1 month, 19 days ago

                        Happy with my performance so far 🙂

                        1. The VAR Team
                          • 1 Year
                          1 month, 19 days ago

                          Happy for you 🙂

                          1. Dynamic Duos
                            • 7 Years
                            1 month, 19 days ago

                            How you doing?

                    3. GreennRed
                      • 9 Years
                      1 month, 19 days ago

                      Depends how much use you make from the other 12m if you only have one of them.

            2. Seanigula
              • 11 Years
              1 month, 19 days ago

              I think 24 million somewhere else will outscore them...like Son, Pulisic and Robbo...and that gives you more money to spend elsewhere, like a mid priced forward becomes Kane....it’s a pretty big guess to look over 5 games, but I wouldn’t do it...try it and we’ll talk in 5 weeks 🙂

              1. Dynamic Duos
                • 7 Years
                1 month, 19 days ago

                I posted a team with all them

              2. Dynamic Duos
                • 7 Years
                1 month, 19 days ago

                But Mane will outscore Kane

              3. Seanigula
                • 11 Years
                1 month, 19 days ago

                Liverpool also have quite a few games with the CL starting, though their group is pretty easy

        4. Dynamic Duos
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          You caused a great debate here mate, nice one , the site was getting really quiet 🙂

          1. whitepool
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            You are welcome. never had so many replies to a post before tonight.

        5. Dynamic Duos
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          This has to be a hot topic now haha

      8. Willmissudimitrypayet
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        A)Telles,
        B)Reguilon,
        C)Chilwell,
        D)Robbo

        Which 3 to have on WC?

        1. Dynamic Duos
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          B,C,D

          1. Pep Roulette
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            This

            1. Willmissudimitrypayet
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 19 days ago

              Too early for Telles? I am really high on his potential... See him taking a very good share of the corners and free kicks, plus bombing forward in open play to cross for Cavani.

              1. Pep Roulette
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 19 days ago

                You're totally right! He has great FPL potential but it's too early to consider him!

              2. GreennRed
                • 9 Years
                1 month, 19 days ago

                God love your optimism. Hope it pays off for you.

                1. Willmissudimitrypayet
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 19 days ago

                  Hehe, always stay positive my man 🙂

                  Let's see who I end up with. Need some planning still this team.

        2. nibby
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          bcd

      9. Pep Roulette
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        Sell Barnes or Podence for Son?

        1. GreennRed
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          Podence.

        2. Dynamic Duos
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          Podence

        3. Pep Roulette
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          Cheers guys

        4. nibby
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          podence

      10. Zim0
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        What's this project big picture thing? It won't get implemented will it?

        1. Seanigula
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          Maybe, it gives more power to the top Prem teams but saves the lower league teams with funding...some version of it may be necessary to save lower league teams

      11. Pep Roulette
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        KDB injured?

        1. Zim0
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          What made u ask that?

          1. Pep Roulette
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            Limped off against England

            1. TorresMagic™
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • Has Moderation Rights
              • 11 Years
              1 month, 19 days ago

              Don't believe everything you read here.

        2. FourLokoLeipzig
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          The Sky Sports commentator suggested he came off due to an injury, but he looked fine to me

          1. Seanigula
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            maybe just his pride was injured 🙂

          2. Seanigula
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            I read he was asking the sideline to take him off...we’ll get a hint at the next Belg. game

      12. GreennRed
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        When there was a regular club schedule there were only two international games during the breaks. Now there are three. Other than TV cash is there a good reason to overload games on players already overloaded with club games? Seems ridiculous.

        1. Dynamic Duos
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          I agree , why not just cancel the friendlies

        2. Seanigula
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          Agree, crazy for player fitness and with Covid as well, pretty dumb

      13. Sancidino
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        Would you keep Jimenez on a wc?

        1. nibby
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          No

        2. The VAR Team
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 19 days ago

          I’d go for Kane DCL Maupay Wilson Watkins over him

        3. Seanigula
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          Yes, for fixtures and downgrade when they are over