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The Burning FPL Questions – Gameweek 5

While we’re still in the international break I thought I’d try something a little different for my article this week.

I threw open some questions to the Fantasy Premier League (FPL) community on Twitter and will be addressing a few important issues with my answers.

Those include: how to deal with this madness, coping with a poor start, player value, Manchester City assets, taking cash out of defence and under the radar picks.

Q1: Lack of crowds, leads to more goals, leads to more temptation to chase those involved. What should an FPL manager do to stay sane in this chaos? A plan is useful but what are the essential items in that plan that you would suggest? (from @benchickens)

What we as FPL managers should not do is panic and simply just enjoy the chaos. In my opinion, the essential items in the plan are as follows

  • Differentiate between the norm and the anomaly – We saw that Southampton kept a naïve high line against Tottenham Hotspur which led to a 5-2 battering. Manchester United were completely outrun in midfield and the reason Spurs scored six goals at Old Trafford was not just because of their attacking prowess. This was one of the worst displays I have personally seen by United, especially in defence, and I don’t think other backlines will be as obliging. What do we learn from this? Looking at the underlying numbers, Spurs also created a lot of chances against Newcastle United, which indicates they are in good attacking form. This makes both Harry Kane (£10.6m) and Heung-Min Son (£9.0m) good picks in their own right, given how sharp they look and how strong their underlying numbers are. Although they have an appealing next four fixtures, I would be very surprised if they continue to be as explosive and expectations should be tempered there. At the moment, a lot of the Spurs counter attacks are resulting in goals but that is very difficult to sustain in my opinion.
  • Continue sticking to the process – As FPL managers, not much has changed. We are still going to react to the fixtures. We still need to pay attention to the underlying numbers more than the actual goals and assists because they are a greater predictor of future results. We still need to rely on the eye-test. There are, however, a couple of issues we should reconsider. Teams such as Aston Villa, West Ham United and Everton have recruited well and improved their playing styles. And given the new penalty rules, players with spot-kick duties should be weighted slightly higher when considering our transfers. 
  • Reflect, don’t react – I have seen a lot of over-reaction, with many managers looking to remove cash from defence and spend it up front. What we don’t realise is that real-life managers are also seeing the same defensive frailties. When Southampton got thrashed by Leicester last season, it led to a big upturn in their performance. The same happened this season, as the Saints have kept back-to-back clean sheets after losing big to Spurs.  Jurgen Klopp is one of the best managers in Europe and it would be naïve of us to think that he is not going to address Liverpool’s defensive frailties after their loss to Aston Villa.
  • Sleep on it – When we don’t own those players who are getting big hauls, it’s human nature to make reactionary decisions. But more often than not, these decisions have a tendency to be irrational. I am sitting at a rank of 4.6 million and it wasn’t easy viewing during Gameweek 4 when so many players hauled and I didn’t catch any of them. I decided to not react immediately but sleep on it. The next day I realised that I was just at the wrong end of variance. Just talking about my team alone, Raheem Sterling (£11.5m), Raul Jiménez (£8.6m) and Nelson Semedo (£5.5m) all missed one on ones and Kevin De Bruyne (£11.6m) hit the post. Upon reflection, I realised that eventually variance should even out. This gives me confidence in my team and my decision-making is less clouded once I’ve slept on it.

Q2: What’s your take on Manchester City? Nothing for De Bruyne in the past two Gameweeks and his underlying statistics aren’t brilliant. Does he improve with Gabriel Jesus (£9.5m) returning or would Wildcarding him out be a wise move? (from @joesheard)

I’d urge more patience. De Bruyne was unlucky to not score from a free-kick against Leeds, where he ended up hitting the post. The problem against Leeds, in my opinion, was that Man City have never been so tested physically, which led to some poor decision-making from their end in the second half. In addition, due to playing with Phil Foden (£6.6m), who isn’t exactly a defensive minded player, De Bruyne had to do more defensive work than expected because Rodri (£5.5m) just isn’t as efficient as Fernandinho (£5.5m) when it comes to the defensive duties. The Belgian played further up the pitch once Fernandinho was subbed on and I get the feeling that once Ilkay Gundogan (£5.4m) is fit, De Bruyne’s burden defensively will reduce. Both the Man City strikers are not far away from a return, either. And to put things into context, we are talking about a team that has been the highest scorers in the league in the past three seasons. They have scored 100 goals twice in the past three seasons. Their attackers still remain some of the most dangerous FPL assets in the league. Speaking of De Bruyne’s numbers, he has still created the most chances in the league so I wouldn’t be too worried. I expect him to be a better asset than last season, particularly if he’s on penalties.

Kevin De Bruyne during Manchester City’s recent loss to Leicester City

Q3: Is Team Value as important as some seem to suggest? (from @chiplesschaps)

I do feel that the importance of team value is blown out of proportion in the FPL Community. There are a few factors I’d like to touch on.

First of all, building team value should only matter in the first half of the season. The importance of team value diminishes with each passing Gameweek since there are fewer fixtures where you might need that extra £0.1m more to get your ideal player. I’ve always thought having £0.5m or £1.0m less than your competition only means that you need to find a value pick in one single position and there is never a guarantee that the more expensive pick is going to be the better one. Look at the Liverpool full backs, for example. Trent Alexander-Arnold (£7.5m) costs £0.5m more than Andrew Robertson (£7.0m) but the latter has scored five points more. There are many such examples across the league and you just need to back your ability to find a ‘value bargain’ in one position.

Trent Alexander-Arnold celebrates during Project Restart

Secondly, there is also a danger of holding onto a pick too long because of attached value. I have a tendency to switch big hitters on a consistent basis without paying too much attention to value. This helps me gain an advantage over ‘price-conscious’ FPL managers where I am able to sell highly-owned players and pick up explosive differentials with a good run of fixtures. When I pick up a player at a higher price compared to most others, I don’t mind it at all. In fact, I feel that I have a lack of fear when it comes to selling that player and it allows me to play fixtures and form more freely. The point being that you need to make sure you don’t hold onto a player longer than you should only because of value. Maybe to balance things out, what you can do is have a few positions where you can decide to accumulate value and a few where you are never looking at the purchase price, which allows you to play the game freely. This season more than ever we have seen a few random last-minute dropouts due to covid, which is greater reason to delay transfers as much as possible. I’m not saying that you shouldn’t make early transfers but showing more restraint than usual, particularly when there are a few midweek games, will definitely help. If you’re an FPL manager that loves building team value, I’d recommend tempering that a little more than usual this season.

Q4: I see that you’ve started the season really poorly. Do you usually start this bad? When do you know if you’re going to have a good season or not?

No, I haven’t had such a poor start to a season before. My answer to your last question is you’re not going to gain anything out of knowing whether you are having a good season or not. This is a game we play for fun and the best thing about the end of a poor Gameweek is the optimism and hope before the start of the next one. All we can do in between these two is make some informed decisions and hope they come off. That’s all there is to it, so enjoy the game you’re playing and don’t overthink it too much.

Q5: Are there any players with very promising underlying stats who are also taking up good positions who have underperformed in terms of FPL points that could be good under the radar picks for those looking to make up ground? (from @Murchif)

Leandro Trossard (£6.0m) is 2.2% ownership and is a very good pick. Brighton look like a different team this season and should have scored a few more goals than they have. They hit the post five times against Man Utd, three of which were by Trossard. They are top five in the league for shots and big chances and their next five fixtures are Crystal Palace (a), West Brom (h), Spurs (a), Burnley (h) and Aston Villa (a).

Trossard is playing in a very advanced position this season and seems nailed. Only four midfielders have more shots (two of whom are the Liverpool premium midfielders) and he’s in the top 10 midfielders for chances created as well. Based on these numbers, as well as the eye-test, I like him as a pick. Aston Villa pair Ross Barkley (£5.9m) and Ollie Watkins (£5.9m) both have ownership under 5% and their next three fixtures are Leicester (a), Leeds United (h) and Southampton (h). I could potentially see some points there as well.

assessing-brighton-with-a-focus-on-their-key-man-leandro-trossard

Trossard celebrates scoring for Brighton last season

I hope you enjoy this article format. Do let me know what you think about this format in the comments section. Good luck for the Gameweek!

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564 Comments Post a Comment
  1. built_this_city
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

    Assuming KDB has an international injury?

    1. Seanigula
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      That usually happens before, not during

    2. Joey Tribbiani
        1 month, 15 days ago

        The KDB article, the wanting to be subbed off and then fitness concerns. I think it was precaution

    3. Burning Questions Feedback
      Lateriser 12
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Tried a new format with this one. Hope you enjoy it. Looking forward to your feedback.

      Also side note, will be recording the next episode of The FPL Wire in an hour so should be with you in 2-3 hours. Good luck.

      1. kevchenko
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Lots of very good points.

        Certainly with the point that managers will also be working on the issues we've seen.

        KDB isn't all of a sudden a bad pick after two weeks, where he's had assists disallowed, a free kick off the post etc.

        I feel the same about the Liverpool pair TAA and Robbo, people can't wait to get them out... too rash.

        1. Lateriser 12
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          I agree. Hendo and Thiago back too.

      2. RAFA THE GAFFA
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Great article mate !!

        1. Lateriser 12
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          Thanks rafa

      3. Goonsquad245
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        I really liked this one - this is where you’re at your strongest IMO, calling it as you see it/talking theory rather than diving into stats.

        1. Lateriser 12
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          Noted

      4. zorro121
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Great article and enjoyed the new format.

        1. Lateriser 12
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          Cheers

      5. Liber
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Good article.

        1. Lateriser 12
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          Cheers

      6. The Mandalorian
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Great article, straight talking advice and common sense thinking.

        1. Lateriser 12
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          Cheers

          1. Hotdogs for Tea
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 15 days ago

            very sensible advise, not everyone agrees on how to play the game but you put forward reasoned ideas, which is all we can expect of such articles; then it’s for each person to take from it what they want and what fits into their style of play.

            For me that means moving around premium assets to line them up against weak opposition, and not holding them (especially when injured) for fear of paying an extra .1 or .2 to buy them back

            Keep up the good work and good luck 🙂

            1. Lateriser 12
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 15 days ago

              Thanks mate 🙂

      7. Camzy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Thanks for the answers! I hope you don't get swallowed by the upside chasing narrative this season. You're a great manager able to get ahead of the curve, but sometimes, the best way forward is the way everyone else is going (I hate it too).

        So... When are you gonna buy Aguero 😛

        1. Lateriser 12
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          When i see him playing 20 mins 😉

      8. markmiruzzi
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Thanks Lateriser, excellent as usual. On a wildcard I do feel that omitting KDB for now can lead to favourable returns... owning Kane + 7.5-8.5 mid example Pulisic/James Rod means that you only need 2 transfers to get KDB + Antonio in 2-3 week's time when City's strikers have settled and Antonio's fixtures take a turn for the better

        1. OneArseneWenger32
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          1 month, 15 days ago

          this

      9. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        All ears when you are speaking. Enjoying your podcast very much also!

      10. Winter_is_coming
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Brilliant as always, Pranil. Full of confidence and optimism, believing in your game and decisions - simple words, but I usually forget about it all after couple of bad gameweeks.

      11. Brosstan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Q and A format is always good! Nice answers too, thumbs up

      12. PastaConcerto
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        I really like the new format, it seems to expand the range of concerns rather than relying on a single perspective.

        1. Major League Shocker
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 15 days ago

          Yes, it's different from the other Pro Pundit articles which can often seem all the same.

      13. Lateriser 12
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Thanks for all the feedback guys.

      14. Lateriser 12
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        New Episode of The FPL Wire is out. It's a strong one i reckon.

        https://twitter.com/lateriser12/status/1316043114432270336?s=20

      15. The Rumour Mill
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        I'm Just grateful to be able to read a pro pundits article without 95% of it being behind a paywall, so I tip my hat to you for that sir!

      16. The Big Fella
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Great article and I agree with the above, playing to your strengths in it. Cheers

      17. Stejson
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Confused at how this is a hot topic?

    4. RAFA THE GAFFA
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Any injury update? KDB and Chilwell concerns now? Any others?

      1. Lord - Blaming it on Rio
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        My bench will be in the infirmary this week.

      2. The Mandalorian
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        I have the mighty podence to sub in for KDB.

        Jose apparently is concerned for Kane playing on Weds.

        1. RAFA THE GAFFA
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          Jose lies. We learnt that in GW4’s lesson

    5. Hotdogs for Tea
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      nice article

      1. Lateriser 12
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Thanks mate

    6. Lord - Blaming it on Rio
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Great advice as always. I’m looking forward to the next Wire podcast.

      1. Lateriser 12
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Cheers buddy

    7. TorresMagic™
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Last Man Standing (3300+ qualified)

      Scores needed after hits for GWs 1-4 are 39,34.29 and 32 in that order
      Code is 48n69x

      Up to 6% out this GW.

      https://www.fantasyfootballscout.co.uk/2020/08/28/the-last-man-standing-competition-2020-2021/

      1. Brosstan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Hey TM, love your league. How's the season going al far?

        Maybe a long shot but do you have a rough idea how many of the managers who go out of the league each week who have taken a hit or more? I think I've always taken a hit the weeks I've gone out, trying a more patient approach this year

        1. F_Ivanovic
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          It would make sense that taking hits means you're more likely to go out because of the increased variance.

        2. TorresMagic™
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          A continuation from last season.

          Plenty of big hits normally knock out players with the low scores. Plenty of WCers knocked out each GW too.

    8. RUUD!
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Thoughts on this WC please?

      McCarthy
      VVD Chilwell Saiss
      Salah Pulisic Son Grealish Hamez
      Kane DCL
      4.0 Brewster Mitchell 3.9

      1. ZakyJ
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Sorry but think you're too light on Def, PVA might be back and Mitchell out so you have no cover

      2. FC Hakkebøf
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Brewster -> Maupay
        Hamez -> Fodder
        VVD -> TAA
        Mitchell -> Lamptey

        Chilwell might be injured. Perhaps Zouma? He is in my WC team atm

      3. Camzy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        I like it I guess.

        Although I'd get Robbo not VvD. Robbo + Zouma combo better than VvD + Chilwell I think especially with Chilwell maybe injured.

      4. The Mandalorian
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        I'd downgrade Saiss and get in Robbo. Pulisic may need some time to hit form I'd go Havrtez if you can afford him

    9. ZakyJ
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      I left it till after international break for my transfer but using my transfer for Mahrez > Son is a no brained right? Even with KDB injury concern?

    10. Jimjam
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      (A) KDB & Antonio

      (B) Grealish & Kane

      1. FC Hakkebøf
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        B for me... Better fixtures

      2. The Mandalorian
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        B

    11. The Mandalorian
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      I've got bigger fires to put out right now, u waste a transfer shipping out KDB then he hauls and u waste another getting him back in.

      1. H-SF
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        He isn't gonna haul mate

        1. Camzy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          Hmm... 19 points at the Emirates last season says you might be very wrong.

          1. H-SF
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 15 days ago

            When Ljunberg was in charge of Arsenal and they were amidst a complete crisis. I'm a Spurs fan so wouldn't mind Arsenal and KDB hauling but I can tell you it won't happen

            1. Joey Tribbiani
                1 month, 15 days ago

                What are the lotto numbers? pls

            2. Would Ed Woodward
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 15 days ago

              That game was a complete shambles though.

        2. The Mandalorian
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          As long as your other players can get points then I guess u can afford to carry KDB. I've got like 6 other transfers to transform my team. So I assume KDB will start getting points during those 6 transfers so no need to sell.

          1. ZakyJ
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 15 days ago

            Yeah I took Son out for KDB for a transfer, Son Hauled and now using my next transfer to reverse it

        3. Rasping Drive
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          If he doesn’t start, it’s an ideal time to get Brewster (FUL) coming off the bench

          1. Tambling5
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 15 days ago

            Yes he probably will be on the Sheffield U bench until he's match fit and learnt their playing style in training.

      2. H-SF
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        KDB a major doubt. Get out my team, perfect excuse to bin him off.

        1. Hy liverpool
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          Might play i would wait and see

        2. Joey Tribbiani
            1 month, 15 days ago

            well now im keeping 100%, thanks

          • Pumpy Pro
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 15 days ago

            Lovely. I like anything that makes the early transfer crew pay

          • St Pauli Walnuts
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 15 days ago

            What could possibly go wrong transferring one of the best players in the world and last season's highest FPL points scorer from the league's most attacking team who is now on pens ?

        3. Smudger’s Dirty Dozen
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          Ok...2FT...do you

          A Werner/Burke to Wilson/Grealish
          B Werner/Burke to Son/Brewster
          C Werner/Burke/Podence to Son/Brewster/Bamford (-4)
          D Zaha/Werner/Burke to Grealish/Son/Brewster (-4)

          1. FC Hakkebøf
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 15 days ago

            B

            Zaha -> Grealish for a hit is crazy

          2. Phlajo
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 15 days ago

            I'd personally keep Werner for the next GW if you had him until now. Chelsea attack with Puli back (and to some extend Ziyech), could be a lot better!

          3. Tambling5
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 15 days ago

            Nothing until they've all played another, their third, international and reported back fit for action at the weekend!

        4. The Mandalorian
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          The template midfield is forming.

          Salah 43.5%
          KDB 40.9%
          JRod 38.5%
          Son 28.4%

          If you own the template does it make it harder to move up the league? So we are left to differentiate in attack, defence or with a fifth midfielder in a 3 5 2 formation.
          Any thoughts?

          1. Phlajo
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 15 days ago

            I wouldn't worry too much about going with the template or not for now. There's so many midfielders who could explode anytime soon, ie Bruno, Auba, Sterling, Puli, Havertz, Rash, Bale etc.

            All of them wont, but some of them will!

          2. Hy liverpool
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 15 days ago

            Mane 8% sterling 6% but it's too risky

            1. Hy liverpool
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 15 days ago

              And mane is 6 now too

          3. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 15 days ago

            Chelsea midfielders about to announce themselves soon..

          4. Miguel Sanchez
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 15 days ago

            Read someone once that having the complete template was differential enough to move up the ranks, albeit at a slower rate.

        5. Pep Roulette
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          Another insightful work by Lateriser! Good job again!

        6. Reyson
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          Chances of pulisic to start vs saints?

          1. Hy liverpool
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 15 days ago

            50%

          2. Miguel Sanchez
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 15 days ago

            50/50

        7. davies
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          Any suggestions?

          (1FT / 0.3ITB)
          Martinez
          TAA Robertson Lamptey
          Salah Sterling Mahrez Barnes
          Jimenez DCL Brewster

          Forster Soucek Mitchell Dunne

          Cheers.

          1. wulfranian
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 15 days ago

            Good to go.

          2. Bram
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 15 days ago

            Dunne's minutes now look unlikely as do Mitchell's soon with PVA return imminent leaves you very exposed at the back. Probably needs some attention soon but not necessarily this gw.

        8. Taribo
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          Play Brewster (FUL) or Podence (lee)?

          1. Kloptimus Prime
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 15 days ago

            Brewster

          2. dunas_dog
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 15 days ago

            Play Brewster- I am doing that with Podence first on bench although with Chillwell /KDB/Lamptey all possible doubts may need all 3 bench players this week!

        9. Warby84
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          Yep I like the article, some great points. I enjoy building the team value as it certainly helps with the 2nd Wildcard, for example I was pretty certain on removing players like Werner who was due a price fall, so had to go early.. I think I’m tempted by Patrick Van Aanholt who is now 5.4m and with upcoming fixtures, could be brilliant.. I also certainly agree with Pool defence, Adrian actually was not so basic during his last spell, and Liverpool are a wounded animal, who I’m hoping will positively get back to ‘business as usual’

          1. Liber
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 15 days ago

            You might also sold Son and Wilson and so on as it looked as they will loose value, and they did.. I mean .. It might not been the case with you, but there is almost 50 points difference right there.. Maybe less if player on the rise actually did something.

        10. Hy liverpool
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          Kevin De Bruyne is a 'major doubt' for #ManCity's match against Arsenal. He is still feeling pain/inflammation, and a final assessment will be made closer to the weekend. He could play with an injection, but is ‘reluctant’ to do that.

          [@9320pod / Exclusive]

          Anyone would guess how city are going to play without kdb? Assuming he is out.!

          1. fr3d
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 15 days ago

            Ederson
            Walker - Stones - Garcia - Mendy
            Palmer - Rodri - Drinkwater
            Torres - Delap - Foden

            1. Hy liverpool
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 15 days ago

              Lol

          2. Pompel
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 15 days ago

            KDB -> Salah -4 pts on the cards then
            Fingers crossed Sterling* + Foden plays

          3. Pukkipartyy
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 15 days ago

            Is this source legit?

        11. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          Those who are doing KDB to Son, what is your plan to get KDB back? Surely can't sell Salah so it would require 2 moves to get him back assuming you'll use the spare money..

          1. Goonsquad245
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 15 days ago

            Probably won’t bother until GW10/11

          2. Hotdogs for Tea
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 15 days ago

            probably take 2 moves over 2 weeks or hit ... WHU defend deep so not sure they will be easy to knock over

          3. skodaole2
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 15 days ago

            Did it early this week. For now i do not plan to get KDB back, i ll get either Mane, Sterling or Auba during the next GW(s) since i already have Salah and JRod so do not want all the high ownership players.

        12. El Magico5
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          Who to play?

          A)Brewster & Klich
          B) Brewster & Foden
          C) Foden & Klich

          1. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 15 days ago

            B

          2. Kloptimus Prime
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 15 days ago

            B

        13. nelluckram
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          Before I pull the trigger will somebody please talk me out of it?

          McCarthy, Steer
          TAA, Saiss, Justin, Mitchell, Johnson
          KDB, Rash, Havertz, Rodriguez, Bissouma
          Jimi, Ings, DCL

          0FT. 0.00 ITB

          WC
          Martinez, Steer
          TAA, Saiss, Lewis (Balbuena/4.4), Mitchell, Amarty
          Salah, KDB, Son, Rodriguez, Zaha
          DCL, Wilson, Brewster

          0.00 ITB. 8 transfers (-32 without WC, already did ASM -> Rodriguez with money ITB)

          1. Bram
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 15 days ago

            KDB may force the issue but if not I'd be tempted to wait. Rashford could benefit from no Martial. Much prefer your current strikers although no Salah is ofc the burning issue.

        14. Disturbed
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          Saiss or Dallas/ Ayling on wc?

          1. nelluckram
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 15 days ago

            If they were the same price 100% Saiss. Depends what you can do with that extra 0.6

          2. FC Hakkebøf
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 15 days ago

            Saiss.. Don't trust Leeds defensively. But as mentioned in the reply above, it depends on what you can do with the ekstra cash. Mind giving me a shout on my WC below buddy?

            1. nelluckram
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 15 days ago

              You can guide me on mine above

        15. Kloptimus Prime
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 15 days ago

          I'd keep the team you have. Wait till press conferences on KDB and Rodriguez.

          1. Kloptimus Prime
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 15 days ago

            @NELLUCKRAM

            1. nelluckram
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 15 days ago

              I just fear not having Salah. Thought I was being smart going without him. My team name is ChickenTikkaMoSalah as well so it's an injustice

        16. Von Lipwig
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          Please RMWCT, cheers!
          Should I keep the 0.5m for the future, or upgrade the bench (i.e Stephens to Bissouma/Soucek)?

          McCarthy (4.0)
          Robbo Castagne Saiss (Ayling Branthwaite)
          Salah Son Rodriguez Grealish (Stephens)
          DCL Kane Wilson
          +0.5m ITB

          1. FC Hakkebøf
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 15 days ago

            Very similar to mine, so I like it. I would make som changes however (see mine below)

          2. Bram
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 15 days ago

            Ryan rotates pretty well with McCarthy for your 0.5m

            1. FC Hakkebøf
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 15 days ago

              Rotating goalkeepers is a waste of cash

              1. Bram
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 11 Years
                1 month, 15 days ago

                Not in a covid world imo.

        17. jam sandwich
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          RMWCT - Strong bench because of Covid edition

          Martinez - Steer
          Robertson - Saiss - Lamptey - Dallas - KWP
          Salah - Son - Pulisic - Rodriguez - Soucek
          Kane - DCL - Maupay

          1. FC Hakkebøf
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 15 days ago

            I like it. Personally prefer TAA over Robbo. But the 0.5 offers great value. Would also downgrade soucek to Stephens to free up funds (he is a regular starter, albeit won't give you many points if covid strikes)

          2. nelluckram
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 15 days ago

            That looks unaffordable, which is always a good sign. Great team

            1. jam sandwich
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 15 days ago

              0.0 left

              1. FC Hakkebøf
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 15 days ago

                TV?

              2. nelluckram
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 15 days ago

                Care to share your thoughts on my dilemma? Around 3 posts up. I'm worried about being priced out if I don't pull the trigger

            2. nelluckram
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 15 days ago

              You will have benching headaches, obviously, but great foundation for the unexpected

        18. FC Hakkebøf
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          Thoughts on this WC?

          Martinez
          TAA Saiss Zouma
          Salah Son Pulisic Grealish
          Kane (C) DCL Maupay
          ___
          4.0 Lamptey Stephens Douglas

          0.8 itb. KDB/Sterling recovery plan is Kane + Grealish -> Antonio + KDB.

          1. Von Lipwig
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 15 days ago

            Haha, indeed similar. I think a chelsea defender is bad news considering Mendy injury and I don't expect Zouma to keep scoring.

            1. FC Hakkebøf
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 15 days ago

              Yeah might have to rethink the Zouma decision. Still think Chelsea has improved defensively

          2. Bram
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 15 days ago

            Obvious risk on Chelsea mid rotation & readiness for Pulisic but could work out. Certainly liking the other front 6 and have same.

            Personally I'm rotating McCarthy/Ryan as in a covid world I don't like having no backup.

            Not sold on Zouma. Like the TAA keep - feels like he's becoming a differential in these parts! Still hoping he'll drop to 7.4m before deadline though!

          3. Disturbed
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 15 days ago

            Very similar to mine except I have Robertson and hamez instead of Taa and pulisic. Not convinced by pulisic yet cause of game time concerns but would love to have him if he starts regularly.

        19. Pariße
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          Thoughts on Mitrović? The guy's 3rd for shots and 3rd for inside the penalty area shots only behind Kane and Salah. Surely he should be scoring a lot and soon.

          1. FC Hakkebøf
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 15 days ago

            End product is not there atm. But definetely a good pick in the upcoming gameweeks. Prefer Maupay though

          2. Would Ed Woodward
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 15 days ago

            The quality of chances he's had so far seems poor from just watching, no decent service, good fixtures though.

          3. Joey Tribbiani
              1 month, 15 days ago

              Have you seen what kind of chances tho? I swear so many of them are headers that go wide or loop to the keepers hand while the defender challenges him

            • skodaole2
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 15 days ago

              Happy to keep him, Fulham wont score too many goals but he ll get points for most of them. Fixtures are great but that is not important for attackers. His ownership goes lower and lower which makes him a differential compared to a few weeks back.

            • Bram
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 11 Years
              1 month, 15 days ago

              I've dropped him on wc but somewhat reluctantly as Fulham only have 1 plan - cross it for Mitro. Brighton look a far better side though atm and I decided Maupay is a better bet at a similar price.

            • bench boost for every gamew…
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 15 days ago

              If you watch fulham most of his touches and shots are not really points potential. And fulham sucks.

            • Brosstan
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 15 days ago

              Thing about him is his 'shots' are all garbage contested headers in the box

          4. Von Lipwig
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 15 days ago

            A) Grealish + Soucek
            B) Trossard + Barkley

            One would be benched each week

            1. Miguel Sanchez
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 15 days ago

              A

            2. FC Hakkebøf
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 15 days ago

              A but if that is the case I wouldn't waste 0.6 on Soucek. Get Stephens and have some cash itb for a rainy day

            3. Von Lipwig
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 15 days ago

              Cheers both

          5. Miguel Sanchez
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 15 days ago

            Really not confident of a big score this GW with this lot, really needs an Everton win with the boys back from South America firin, nothing worth a hit til we get news on KDB right, GTG?

            Martinez
            Digne Saiss James
            KDB* Son(c) Rodriguez Grealish
            Jimenez Ings Richarlison

            Button Justin Bissouma *Ferguson 0FT 2.6 ITB

            1. Von Lipwig
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 15 days ago

              GTG and GL!

            2. skodaole2
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 15 days ago

              Justin is a great option to come in if KDB or James wont play. However if KDB is 100% out i d take a hit. Sterling, Auba, Rashford the three i would suggest.

              1. Bram
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 11 Years
                1 month, 15 days ago

                Agree