Scout Notes

A return to form for Man United’s FPL assets or a papering over cracks?

Newcastle United 1-4 Manchester United

  • Goals: Luke Shaw (£4.9m) own goal | Harry Maguire (£5.4m), Bruno Fernandes (£10.5m), Aaron Wan-Bissaka (£5.4m), Marcus Rashford (£9.5m)
  • Assists: Juan Mata (£5.9m), Fernandes, Rashford x2
  • Bonus: Fernandes x3 Rashford x2 Karl Darlow (£5.0m) x1

Manchester United began the long climb back to credibility with a deserved, if not entirely convincing, win over Newcastle.

The game was a surprisingly entertaining affair considering visiting manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could have set up his side simply to avoid another 6-1 Spursageddon, while his opposite number, Steve Bruce, has ‘stay in the game and try and nick a goal’ spliced into his footballing DNA.

Even so, most of the goals came late, with the visitors only taking the lead in the 86th minute of a match they dominated in terms of attempts (28 v 7) while never completely negating Newcastle’s own attacking threat.

But the 4-1 victory did involve decent returns for all three of the winning side’s most popular Fantasy Premier League (FPL) assets and included more reminders that owning Red Devils defenders is, currently, a foolish enterprise.

Fernandes To The Fore

By far the most-owned FPL star on the pitch was Man United’s Bruno Fernandes (£10.5m), and his 21% ownership walked away with a tidy 11-point haul that could have been so much better.

The midfielder finished off a superb team move to make the score 2-1, finding the net from an acute angle courtesy of a Marcus Rashford (£9.5m) assist.

That made it three goals in as many Gameweeks for Fernandes, but he also missed his first penalty in England (at the 11th attempt) thanks to a save from the brilliant Karl Darlow (£5.0m) and was denied an earlier goal via VAR.

Some of that pain was offset by an assist for Rashford’s last-gasp goal and the maximum bonus award and his 31 points for the season, from just four matches, puts him in the top 10 for FPL midfielders. Of the United players, only Rashford comes close to such a lofty position, which underlines how vital Fernandes is to the side.

Even with Chelsea and Arsenal up next, more FPL managers are slowly coming round to buying him in – he’s currently just inside the top 15 for Gameweek 6 purchases – as he continues to show last year’s explosive entrance into English football was not a fluke.

Rashford Revival

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Solskjaer made five changes from the side thrashed by Spurs, among them the benching of Paul Pogba (£7.9m) and Daniel James (£6.4m) being handed a rare start.

But the key decision involved who would replace Anthony Martial (£8.8m), suspended for three matches after his dismissal against Tottenham, up front.

One candidate, Mason Greenwood (£7.3m), didn’t even make the squad, an omission the manager explained post-match.

Mason wasn’t fit to play, so we had to leave him out. We hope he will recover quickly.

That meant Rashford, an FPL midfielder this season, stepped up. And he delivered.

A goal, two assists – he also set up Aaron Wan-Bissaka‘s (£5.4m) first-ever senior strike – and two bonus points helped him to a double-digit haul enjoyed by just 5.8% of FPL bosses.

The fact that only two of his team-mates – Fernandes and Wan-Bissaka – are owned by more managers shows just how little Fantasy faith Solskjaer’s side is inspiring.

The team’s defensive frailties are plain to see, but so is their attacking intent – their 57 attempts this season is not far behind the likes of Everton (64) and Chelsea (65), only from four games, not five.

Cracks, Meet Paper

Wan-Bissaka’s surprise goal helped hand his owners a very welcome eight points, while Harry Maguire (£5.4m) ended a trying week or ten with the same haul thanks to his equaliser, from a Juan Mata (£5.9m) corner, in the first half.

Solskjaer made all the right post-match noises about Maguire’s character, while his Wan-Bissaka comments played up the full-back’s attacking threat.

It was a cross! No, he was due his goal. We wanted him higher up the pitch, making runs in behind. It was great for him.

But anyone seriously thinking of buying into United’s defence should think again.

The backline is currently shipping three goals a game on average and even managed to make Newcastle’s toothless attack look threatening.

The Magpies went into the match having had only eight shots on target across their first four games. They had four against Man United and it took a couple of great saves from David de Gea (£5.5m) to deny Allan Saint-Maximin (£5.3m) and then Callum Wilson (£6.5m).

Yes, the goal the visitors did concede – after just two minutes – was unlucky, Luke Shaw (£4.9m) deflecting an Emil Krafth (£4.4m) cross over de Gea and in.

But a side allowing 14 big chances this season – for context, Newcastle have conceded eight from a game more – clearly lacks balance, whatever Solskjaer might have claimed following Saturday’s win.

We have so many games coming up and you pick a team that you think is going to get a result in that game. You look at the opposition and you look at yourself and what is the best balance and I thought we found the right one today.

Darlow Blow

Fernandes and Rashford took most of the plaudits (and bonus), but the true hero on Tyneside was home keeper Darlow, who produced a string of fine saves as well as that penalty stop.

A single bonus award meant he limped off with eight points and a knock picked up following a clash with Rashford.

One clean sheet, a penalty save and 27 other stops this season – no keeper has made more – has taken him to the top of FPL’s scoring chart for goalkeepers.

But boss Bruce is not entirely sure he’ll be back for a Gameweek 6 trip to Wolves.

He’s taken a hell of a blow. We hope that he’s not too bad, but it’s one of those difficult ones to assess straight away. Until we see the scans and how he is, then we won’t really know, but it’s fair to say that he’s very sore.

Martin Dubravka (£4.9m) is possibly out until December with a heel issue, meaning Newcastle could be down to the bare bones in goal, with Mark Gillespie (£4.5m) the next in line for a start.

Not that any Magpies goalkeeper is likely to be the choice of many FPL managers – no team has allowed more shots (86) or attempts on target (36) than Bruce’s men.


Newcastle United XI (4-5-1): Darlow; Krafth, Fernandez, Lascelles, Lewis; Hayden (Schar 49′), Shelvey, Hendrick (Almiron 88′), Saint-Maximin, Joelinton (Fraser 73′); Wilson. 

Manchester United XI (4-3-3): de Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Lindelöf, Maguire, Shaw; McTominay, Fred (Pogba 69′), Mata (Matic 90′); Bruno Fernandes, James (van de Beek 76′), Rashford.

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2,166 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Ciarant20
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 8 days ago

    Hey guys have a very tough decision here, help needed!

    McCarthy (Button)
    TAA Chilwell KWP Taylor Mitchell
    Rodriguez Salah Son ASM Burke
    Werner DCL Jimi

    I want to bring Kane in for Jimi. This leaves me -1mil ITB. Who do I sacrifice? Feel Kane is essential and there’s no easy choice.

    1. Ciarant20
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      I would take a -4 too

    2. King Kohli
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Got to be TAA

      1. AzzaroMax99
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        I would keep Taa for this week vs She. They are awful.

    3. AzzaroMax99
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Werner to Kane maybe?

      1. Ciarant20
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Would still have -0.2ITB

    4. Sun Jihai
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Just do Werner to Kane?

      1. Ciarant20
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Leaves me -0.2... hard to remove him after that performance

    5. Tonyawesome69
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Downgrade Chilwell to fund the move

      1. Ciarant20
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        I’ve looked at this and I’ve just brought him in haha

        1. Tonyawesome69
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 8 days ago

          Do you think Chilwell is "essential" like Kane

  2. Mikel Arteta
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 8 days ago

    How to get Kane here? 1.4 itb

    Ryan
    TAA Robertson Saiss
    Salah Son Barnes Bissouma
    Jimenez Ings DCL

    Bench: Walton, Ayling, Justin, Reed

    1. antis0cial
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Downgrade pool def upgrade Jime

    2. Ciarant20
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Got the same problem above! I’d sacrifice TAA or Robbo / Downgrade Ings / Downgrade Barnes

    3. BerkshireHafawayline
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Reduce exposure to Liverpool defensive assets.

      • Whiskerz
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        TAA to 4.5 or thereabouts. Ings to kane and ASM upgraded with the leftovers later.

        1. Whiskerz
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 8 days ago

          Sorry, Barnes, not ASM

      • Blue Moon Rising
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Easiest one going. Get rid of at least one of TAA and Robbo

        1. Riverside Red
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 8 days ago

          Agree...get rid of both

    4. Slitherene
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      KdB + Justin -> Fernandes + Reguilon

      For a hit?

      1. Kay317
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Yes

      2. Coys96
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        No

    5. FeverPitch
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Early thoughts on:

      A) Foden to Bruno
      B) Jimenez to Kane
      C) Foden, Jimenez, TAA to Bruno, Kane, Reguilon (-4)

      Thanks

      1. antis0cial
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        B

      2. Ciarant20
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        B

      3. Noah’s Ark
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        C looks nice but before Sheffield I wouldn’t want to lose Trent

    6. diesel001
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Looks like Rodgers motivational magic has run out and Leicester are on the slide.

      1. Magic Zico
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        No Vardy no party ...

      2. Riverside Red
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 8 days ago

        To be fair they have a few injuries to key players

    7. antis0cial
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Either of these or just hold the knees?

      A) Kdb + Brewster to Soucek + Kane
      B) Kdb + Watkins to Barkley + Kane

      Martinez
      TAA Digne Saiss
      Salah Son Hamez Grealish *Kdb
      DCL Watkins

      Ayling Mitchel Brewster

    8. AnfieldLad
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Looking at TAA + Mitrovic -> Chilwell + Kane (-4). Feels sensible but also feel like I could end up on rough with the smooth.

      1. Traction Engine Foot
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Looking at similar but losing TAA for a hit still terrifies me.

        1. AnfieldLad
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 8 days ago

          Same. More than watching Spurs again without Kane in your team though? I’m not sure...

          1. Traction Engine Foot
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 8 days ago

            Yeah it's tough. I don't have Robertson though, if you do I'd definitely do those moves.

      2. hammersp2000
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        looking at exactly the same moves. was thinking about regullion instead of chilwell as an alternative too

      3. Sun Jihai
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        TAA out for a hit before Sheff Utd who couldn't score from open play against the worst defence in the league?

        1. AnfieldLad
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 8 days ago

          I know it’s crazy but my routes to Kane are limited! Werner -> Kane for free sound better?

          1. Sun Jihai
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 8 days ago

            That's what I'm considering
            Tough one though, agree

      4. baps hunter
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        The problem is next match for Liv. TAA may haul.

    9. King Kohli
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Best move here to fit in Kane?

      Martinez Steer
      TAA Robbo Castagne Mitchell Johnson
      Salah Sterling Barnes Pereira Anguissa
      Ings DCL Maupay

      2 FT 0.1 ITB

      A. Sterling + Ings > Son + Kane
      B. Sterling + Ings > James + Kane
      C. TAA + Barnes + Ings > Dallas + James + Kane (-4)

      Thanks in advance

      1. HVT
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        A

        1. King Kohli
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 8 days ago

          Like the look of getting in both Son & Kane but not sure if it should be at the cost of Sterling.

    10. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Penalty taker for AVL folks?

      1. Sun Jihai
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        No one knows
        Could be Barkley

        1. Magic Zico
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 8 days ago

          Just realised they haven't got any pens

    11. HVT
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Any major difference between Konsa or Targett?

      1. Slitherene
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        I guess Konsa is more attacking

        1. HVT
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 8 days ago

          I see he scored GW1, fluke or sign of more attacking points?

          1. Bill Haverchuck
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 8 days ago

            Almost scored a header today

      2. Magic Zico
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Targett may have assists, Konsa may score headers

        1. HVT
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 8 days ago

          If you had to?

          1. Magic Zico
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 8 days ago

            Konsa but I already have Martinez and will not double up with this CS rarity

            1. HVT
              • 10 Years
              1 month, 8 days ago

              Think Villa worth a 4th or 5th def slot with Martinez.
              @ 4.5 they are good value and nailed.

              1. Magic Zico
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 8 days ago

                Fair enough but I will not use my FT at this point for that

                1. HVT
                  • 10 Years
                  1 month, 8 days ago

                  Neither will I but planning ahead as I have Reece.

      3. King Kohli
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Konsa decent goal threat from set pieces while Targett will get you the odd assist.

        1. HVT
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 8 days ago

          Ok, I’d spend the 0.1 on Konsa if I thought he was worth it

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

        Targett took a direct FK today, albeit badly

        1. HVT
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 8 days ago

          Matthew ‘off-target’ so!

    12. FDMS All Starz
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Adams or Wilson our for Kane?

      1. HVT
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Che

      2. Ciarant20
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        100% Wilson

        1. FPL_trail_runner
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          1 month, 8 days ago

          Thats bad advice

          Adams has no chance of being a set and forget option.

          Wilson is still a candidate for the best 11 player like Ings/Jimi/ Vardy this time last year

          1. HVT
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 8 days ago

            100% agree!

            1. Ciarant20
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 8 days ago

              Okay Wilson has more points but Adams has had over treble Wilson’s big chances plus provides assists to Ings. He blanked first few GWs and was really unlucky, but has started to pick it up points now. I don’t fancy New to score in the next two and Southampton have an attacking manager.

              The only thing that favours Wilson is penalties for me.

    13. Tony Martial
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Thoughts??

      This week= Wood and VVD ➡️ Cahill (4.5) and Kun -4.
      Following week Maupay ➡️ .

    14. RAFA THE GAFFA
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      So Grealish or dare I say it Barkley then?

      1. Magic Zico
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Hey exact same question here ... just about to check the stats now

      2. It’s gonna Ben Mee
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        You missed Barkleys goal this season. Grealish

      3. The Overthinker
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Both

    15. Ibralicious
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Can we have the chap named Hakim Ziyech on here banned for being an imposter?

      1. HVT
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        The new Sheffield!

    16. villian-ty
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Think villa are being flukey. Thoughts?

      1. g40steve
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        No, seem well sorted as a unit, no fluke getting clean sheets.

      2. Magic Zico
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        No the performance has been significantly better than last season

        1. villian-ty
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 8 days ago

          Havent beaten anyone great yet

          1. Magic Zico
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 8 days ago

            Does not need to beat them to get FPL points

      3. JJeyy
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        No, great defensive numbers since post lockdown

      4. Hakim Ziyech
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Yes

      5. Bill Haverchuck
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Much better side than last season. Should finish around mid-table

    17. g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      How’s this look?

      No City or United !

      Martinez
      Robbo, Saiss, Chilwell,
      Grealish, Salah, Podence, Zaha, Son C
      DCL, Kane

      Steer, Mitchell, Lamptey, Delap,

      2.1

      1. Ciarant20
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Lamptey over Saiss for me

        1. Ciarant20
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 8 days ago

          For WBA

          1. g40steve
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 8 days ago

            Possibly, don’t see NewC getting anything either.

      2. Wiseman Resistant ⚽⚠
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Villa will ruin your team 🙂

        1. Riverside Red
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 8 days ago

          Must be a Birmingham fan

    18. DMP
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      A) Jimmy to Kane
      B) Jimmy+Bdavies to Targett+Kane (-4)
      C) Mitrovic+BDavies+TAA to Kane+Targett+Robertson (-8)

      Have to move tonight or priced out from C. 3.9 ITB

      1. AnfieldLad
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        A. Maybe B depending on your team and who you’ll be playing for Davies

        1. DMP
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 8 days ago

          Ramsdale
          TAA Taylor KWP
          Salah Son James Zaha
          Mitrovic DCL Jimenez
          Button Bissouma Davies Ferguson

          KWP vs Everton and Taylor vs. Spurs.

          1. AnfieldLad
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 8 days ago

            Tricky. I don’t really like hits for defenders but it’s likely you’ll always have a more pressing transfer to make. So maybe B then

            1. DMP
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 8 days ago

              Yeah. Trying to move out Davies since Reguilon joined but always a more pressing transfer to make.

              Curently on C. 😀 Mitrovic has to go either.

    19. Wiseman Resistant ⚽⚠
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Who is more important Grealish or Kane for next gw?

      1. diesel001
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Kane!

      2. Blue Moon Rising
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Obviously Kane

      3. HVT
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Lol!

      4. baps hunter
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        U serious?!?

      5. Magic Zico
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        I am getting both because of swap with KDB, otherwise Kane!

    20. LOLarov
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Werner or Jimenez —> Kane?

      1. Coys96
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Jimenez

        1. HVT
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 8 days ago

          Wonder will you say that tomorrow night!!!

          1. Riverside Red
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 8 days ago

            Yes

            1. HVT
              • 10 Years
              1 month, 8 days ago

              Lol

    21. The Overthinker
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      My first wc draft. Suggestions welcome

      .3 itb

      Martinez - forster
      Robbo digne coady Taylor lamptey
      Salah JRod pulisic Barkley 4.5
      Brewster Aguero kane

      1. diesel001
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Looks good.

      2. FPL_trail_runner
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Get DCL up front

        Aguero is a hard one to tell so far

        Id nearly go with Werner over him, also an argument not to have so much in defence

        1. The Overthinker
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 8 days ago

          I am sold on Aguero.

          Digne to konsa allows me to do 4.5 in mid to trossard .

      3. Coys96
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Got to have double spurs attack. Not sure about Coady & Taylor. Need DCL. Better options than Aguero imo

        1. The Overthinker
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 8 days ago

          Next two fixtures for coady are good. Will see how Wolves perform defensively. If they struggle, well I won't mind replacing him

      4. Tonyawesome69
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 8 days ago

        DCL instead of Aguero (too early) and bring in Son

    22. ZAWAd25
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      2 FT

      Who to sacrifice to fund Barnes >> Son?

      A) TAA >> 5.5
      B) Jimi >> 6.5 (Who?)

      1. Tonyawesome69
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 8 days ago

        B Antonio

        1. Riverside Red
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 8 days ago

          He's injured?

    23. Wiseman Resistant ⚽⚠
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      To be honest, Spurs looked like different team in 2nd half...

      1. Hakim Ziyech
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Yeah, they couldn’t guide against complacency

    24. FPL_trail_runner
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Feel free to attempt this :

      Each season there is a dead set and forget team that will come close to winning the game without any transfers, last years template team without any changes would have been world number 1 in the game until lockdown , its still a pinned tweet on twitter if you google it from March last season (Pope Lund, Robbo Taa Doher Salah Kdb Mane Jimi Ings Vardy) , then Bruno/Martial came to spoil and changes things a bit through lockdown

      Anyway here are the candidates so far. Its looking alot different than people initially thought pre season and its pushing me to be reactive and take some hits to move more towards it, the X implies we dont really know yet, the * implies it may be too early and a player who wont last*

      Martinez
      Robertson Digne* Konsa* X X
      Salah Son Hamez X
      Dcl Kane X

      Defence looks the hardest to predict.

      Many candidates on the outside similar to Maddison Martial Pukki Abraham this time last year who could eventually end in the team or not
      eg. Wilson , Grealish , etc

      My bet now is Werner will eventually be the longterm value option in the 3rd striker slot. He has done very poor so far, yet despite this is one double figure game from being right next to Maupay and Wilson

      Whether Man city offer any real value due to prices this year and lower attacking numbers will be a debate.

      Anyone who is doing pretty well has most to this core.

      1. Lindelol
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        no one knows about that template team thats why we keep changing it

        1. FPL_trail_runner
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          1 month, 8 days ago

          You maybe misunderstood me , yes we dont know, my point is it exists and will be known in future

          Its making a best possible prediction of it based on current data. I do this each week

      2. Riverside Red
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 8 days ago

        The way things are at the moment, go for a low value defense to fund medium/premium midfielders (and Kane)

      3. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Interesting, I wouldn’t be surprised to see the potential set and forget to be Robbo and TAA with less spent in the 3rd forward/4th and 5th mid brackets, even with VVD out for the season

    25. Dexters Laboratory
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Replace RJames
        1) Robbo
        2) Bellerin
        3) Regu
        4) Digne

        1. Tonyawesome69
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 8 days ago

          1

        2. Coys96
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 8 days ago

          4

      • tarantino2005
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Anynod knows how Ollie Watkins looked tonight?

        1. Coys96
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 8 days ago

          Not bad, getting into good positions, had a decent chance.

          1. tarantino2005
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 8 days ago

            cheers

        2. Riverside Red
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 8 days ago

          I thought he was just OK

      • JoJoRed
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Mings worth the extra over Konza/Targett?

        1. Tonyawesome69
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 8 days ago

          No

        2. Uncle John from Jamaica
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 8 days ago

          Not for my mind

        3. baps hunter
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 8 days ago

          I wouldn't pay

      • skodaole2
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Would you change any of those for a hit? 0.6 itb

        Martinez
        Targett Rob Dier (Castagne first sub)
        Son Salah Pereira James R.
        Kane Mitrovic Jimenez

        a) Mitro -> Watkins (-4)
        b) Jimenez -> Watkins (-4)
        c) Castagne -> Digne (-4) and play him instead of Dier
        d) any other hit
        e) no hits, gtg

        1. Tonyawesome69
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 8 days ago

          E

        2. Coys96
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 8 days ago

          No

        3. FPL_trail_runner
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          1 month, 8 days ago

          Id play Castagne

          Arsenal are poor creatively and he is always worth a gamble attacking wise

          Id sell Per longterm, maybe not this week and Mitro aswell, but again maybe not this week

      • Tommo1888
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Is Kane an anomaly? He’s top for Shots and BCC and CC , is it not usually goals OR assists , Kane is top of the pile for both in forwards

        1. Shark Team
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 8 days ago

          He plays in a deep role like an attacking mid sometimes but he is simply Kane and he is doing Kane things so yes he is special!

        2. KAPTAIN KANE
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 8 days ago

          His intelligence in positioning and went to run/move is incredible.
          He’s developing parts of his game I never thought I would see

      • Uncle John from Jamaica
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Chaps. Need a £5m defender or less (Got Justin)? Thinking Bellerin or Targett given Villa's run?

        1. Tonyawesome69
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 8 days ago

          Villa def Konsa/ Targett or Dallas

        2. Jordan.
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 8 days ago

          keane remains under the radar

          1. Riverside Red
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 8 days ago

            Until lately, for a good reason

      • Werner Bros
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Which option below would you go with?

        A: Davis > DCL
        B: Davies > Reguillon
        C: Davies > Chilwell
        D: Save

        McCarthy / Nyland
        TAA Justin Taylor Mitchell / Davies
        Salah Son Zaha Podence / Bissouma
        Werner Jimi / Davis

        1FT 5.0ITB