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. Tingate
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    Guaita
    TAA - Lamptey - Robertson
    Sterling - Foden - Salah - Podence
    Jiménez - Wood - Richarlison

    Forster - James - Mitchell - Burke

    £0M ITB 1FT

    Best way to get Kane? With Richy can put him in then Jimi down to a 5.7M but no idea who to get?! Dont want to take out TAA or Robbo before their next two home games. Thanks

    1. Tingate
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Or could get Aguero and Watkins

      1. Noah’s Ark
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        I wouldn’t sell Jimenez before Newcastle either. Sterling downgrade? Or wait another week and then do Trent downgrade with 2ft

    2. Klaren
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Brewster is probably your only option to downgrade Jimenez to in that price range but I wouldn't do it considering the next fixtures of both. I think you should downgrade a Liverpool striker or get someone else for Richarlison instead of Kane.

      1. Klaren
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Liverpool defender*

      2. Tingate
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Yeah might just get DCL I guess with my FT

  2. Noah’s Ark
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    Kane V Salah for the armband next he will be tough. Have to see how poor Burnley are tomorrow. Hopefully Pereira puts a few in the back of the net.

    1. Captain Vantastic™
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Salah easily.

      1. Noah’s Ark
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Why so confident that he will out score Kane?

      2. baps hunter
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Not so easily

    2. Andre W
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      True, but I'm going for Salah. So reliable at home and I'll reckon he gets at least a brace

    3. Steve The Spud
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Burnley getting back to strength atm, I don’t think it’ll be that easy for spurs

    4. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Although it may not mean much right now, I think I’m leaning towards Home players, so Salah

  3. HippY
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    Is it worth investing/changing the defence? I have 1 FT.

    Ryan/McCarthy
    Justin/Holding/Digne/Mitchell/KWP
    Hames/Son/Salah/Zaha/Soucek
    Jiminez/Kane/DCL

    1. DARE TO BISCAN
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Keeper, or KWP to AVL def

      1. HippY
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        I am considering a diabolical -8 to do Holding/KWP/Soucek to Regulion/4.0/Bissouma

        1. Bennerman
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 17 days ago

          That is filthy. Surely sleep on it

          1. HippY
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 17 days ago

            Yea definitely not something I'll do today, but the wheels are coming off the backline slowly it seems, don't want it too out of hand

            1. Bennerman
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 17 days ago

              I have three of those myself (Holding, KWP, Mitchell) and for what it's worth, I'm not planning to change any this week (unless maybe I find out Holding is out for ages).

              Holding I was waiting anyway for good fixtures in a bit, KWP has a couple of good fixtures coming I think, and Mitchell I imagine lasts at least one more game.

        2. DARE TO BISCAN
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 17 days ago

          Damn hippies

  4. Captain Vantastic™
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    Would you do Barnes to Grealish for a hit?

    1. El Fenomeno R9
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      no

    2. Railwayman
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Hard call. Maybe yes if you plan to have Grealish for the long term.

    3. THFC4LIFE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Tempted to do that move myself

  5. Ninjaa
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    Vardy to Aguero for free?

    1. RAFA THE GAFFA
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      I like it

    2. You've got red on you.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Yup could be the start of something beautiful

  6. You've got red on you.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    Please help me narrow this down.

    a) Sterling, Grealish and Trossard

    b) Sterling, Grealish and Antonio

    c) Sterling, Rodriguez and Bissouma/Mitchell/Brewster

    d) Sterling, Trossard and Watkins

    e) Kane, Rodriguez and Trossard

    1. RAFA THE GAFFA
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      B or E

      1. You've got red on you.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Thanks

    2. Andre W
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      E

      1. You've got red on you.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Cheers

    3. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      E

      1. You've got red on you.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        You would say that

        1. KAPTAIN KANE
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 17 days ago

          It’s mainly because of Rodriguez actually, and given I wouldn’t want to start Bissouma etc it’s naturally E by elimination

    4. Dexters Laboratory
        1 month, 17 days ago

        B or E ... E slightly more

      • You've got red on you.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        The fact I already have Son doesn't change any of your minds?

        1. El Fenomeno R9
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 17 days ago

          Maybe B then,will need City attack cover

      • El Fenomeno R9
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        B or E 50/50

      • You've got red on you.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Appreciate all the answers.

    5. RAFA THE GAFFA
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Best move here? 3.3itb.

      A. Ings >> Kane
      B. Bissouma >> Grealish
      C. Davis >> Maupay

      McCarthy
      TAA, Mitchell, Saiss
      Pulisic, Salah, Rodríguez, Son, Biss
      DCL, Ings
      (Nyland, Davies, Mitchell, Davis)

      1. You've got red on you.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        B

      2. Magic Zico
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        A no question when they are explosive

        1. RAFA THE GAFFA
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 17 days ago

          Means playing Bissouma or keeping with the dreadful 4 at the back!!

          1. Magic Zico
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 17 days ago

            Bissouma v WBA should be fine. Week after need to downgrade somewhere to get a decent 5th midfielder or 4th defender.

      3. HippY
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        A

        1. RAFA THE GAFFA
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 17 days ago

          Means 4 at the back with 3 high risk poor defenders. And also potentially playing Bissouma. Is A really wise?

      4. TheDragon
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        A is very tempting but as it stands you are basically playing with 10 of starting Bissouma so I’d go B given Villa fixtures

        1. RAFA THE GAFFA
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 17 days ago

          Yes exactly. A would be great but I’m on 4 at the back at the minute and it’s horrible. So not I’ll have to play Bissouma. Huge chance Davies, Mitchell don’t play next week and Justin has Arsenal

          1. TheDragon
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 17 days ago

            Part of the reason I wildcarded this week was to get away from
            The 4 at the back I was trapped in.

            Given the number of goals 4 at the back is a killer so need to start moving away from it

            1. TheDragon
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 17 days ago

              I think you should seriously consider wildcarding

    6. King Kohli
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Which is the best move here to fund Ings > Kane?

      A. Sterling > Son
      B. Sterling > James Rodriguez
      C. TAA + Barnes > 4.5 def + James Rodriguez (-4)

      Have 2 FT.

      1. FPL_trail_runner
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Ekk

        I would say you need longterm all of Son, J Rodriguez and possibly Kane

        Where is your money tied up?

        1. King Kohli
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 17 days ago

          Agreed.

          Martinez
          TAA Robbo Castagne
          Salah Sterling Barnes Pereira
          Ings DCL Maupay
          Steer Anguissa Mitchell Johnson
          2 FT 0.1 ITB

      2. Klaren
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Just downgrade Barnes to 4.5 or whatever is the max you can downgrade to? I wouldn't sell Sterling or TAA this GW.

    7. IRBOX ⚽
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Ings to Kane or Aguero for free?

      1. ZeBestee
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Agueroooooooooooo!

      2. Noah’s Ark
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        I’d love a punt on Aguero but seems mad to go without Kane.

      3. TheDragon
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Obviously the logics choice is Kane. But that doesn’t mean It’ll work out!

    8. The Overthinker
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      So many options to choose from to select 1 MIDFIELDER below 8.8

      Who would you pick and why?

      1. FPL_trail_runner
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        1 month, 17 days ago

        After next week, Pulisic

        1. Slouch87
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 17 days ago

          Why after next week ? Has up against Man U car crash defence.

        2. Hakim Ziyech
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 17 days ago

          After next week?

          You really think Utd are good enough??

          1. FPL_trail_runner
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            1 month, 17 days ago

            I meant ideally

            If you have a transfer then get him

            1. Slouch87
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 17 days ago

              Why ideally ? Surely ideally this week.

              1. FPL_trail_runner
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                1 month, 17 days ago

                Depends on the team set up and other issues

                If your fine then go for it

                1. The Overthinker
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 17 days ago

                  Definitely on wc

      2. TheDragon
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Rodriguez for now

        Potentially Pulisic or Havertz of Chelsea attack starts to click

        1. The Overthinker
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 17 days ago

          Choosing the one from Chelsea midfield is difficult.

          Havertz. Pulisic. Ziyech. All good options

          1. Arte Et Labore
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 17 days ago

            Maybe that’s why they’re not that great options after all.

            1. Arte Et Labore
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 17 days ago

              It’s like Citys «good options». You never know who is going to play and who is going to score points.

            2. FPL_trail_runner
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              1 month, 17 days ago

              Havertz or Pulisic i feel are the ones

              I was surprised by Havertz nice advanced positions yesterday

            3. The Overthinker
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 17 days ago

              I like this point...

              Is it better to ignore??

      3. GreennRed
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Pulisic, Grealish,

    9. El Fenomeno R9
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Had exact money do double up TAA + Robbo now will go without Pool defense probably.

      TAA/Robbo owners whats the plan ?

      1. TheDragon
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        I only own Robbo so will hold given fixtures are great and will see how they go.

        Don’t think the defensive double up can be justified now though

      2. DA Minnion
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Would keep Robbo

      3. Orion
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        keep

      4. FPL_trail_runner
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Its a toss up

        Do i think they are value long term? Possibly not

        For next 2 weeks, taking a hit to move them seems wrong, but ive been saying that for 2 weeks now and been wrong

    10. GreennRed
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Coufal, worth a watch. Could be good bad or indifferent but worth a watch.

      1. Hakim Ziyech
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Lmaoo... No!

    11. RAFA THE GAFFA
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      God I hate my team haha. Time to log off. See you all Friday 🙂

      1. Hakim Ziyech
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Still one more game to go

        1. Pipermaru
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 17 days ago

          You're right the other one looks so disgusting it's not worth mentioning 😉

          1. Hakim Ziyech
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 17 days ago

            😆

            4 players in that fixture for me

            1. Pipermaru
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 17 days ago

              Green arrow incoming!

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

                Hopefully 🙂

      2. Magic Zico
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Hate and love are so close to each other 😉

    12. Iceball
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Decided to get Sterling for KDB that worked better than Pulisic or Grealish. But now hard to get Kane without some downgrade. Give Sterling next 2 and then downgrade him and upgrade Jimenez to Kane before WBA? Or panic and just get Kane whatever it takes?

      1. The Overthinker
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Give sterling time

    13. Litts
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      I think I may need to get on the rough with the smooth with this.

      Forgot to do my team on Saturday morning.
      Had De Bruyne Captain and vice captain was Werner. Also means that Son came off my bench. 27 points to come off the bench and 77 with Semedo to play

      https://fantasy.premierleague.com/entry/465192/event/5

      1. TheDragon
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        It’s a skill game....

        Congrats 🙂

      2. Litts
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        *76

    14. LSK
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      KDB and Jimenez to Salah and DCL worth a hit?

      Obviously Jimenez has a good fixture but Salah and DCL are good long term options

      1. No Professionals
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Yes and captain salah

    15. Gandalf
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      1 Wilson + Havertz > DCL + Rodriguez -4?
      2. Havertz > Rodriguez
      3. Keep holding off on Everton for now (which been doing for weeks!)

    16. FPL_trail_runner
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 17 days ago

      For those struggling

      Realistically at some point we have to admit the current teams in the top 10k are consistent enough to be worth changing towards

      Its seems at this stage more unlikely that Cheap defence + Son Salah Hamez Kane DCL etc will stop returning than the old favorites
      of TAA Sterling Aguero will suddenly defy their problems and stats and come good

      And even if they do come good the current template options are cheaper and may match them

      Its making me consider to take some hits to have a close to top 10k template

      1. TheDragon
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        The day is darkest before the dawn

        We are only 5 weeks in - patience is still a key part of this game

        1. FPL_trail_runner
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          1 month, 17 days ago

          Yep but..

          This has echoes of last year about

          Lundstram not being able to maintain his form, nor Vardy, nor Kdb over Sterling

          1. TheDragon
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 17 days ago

            Kane, Son, Salah, Eodriguez, DCL are all 100% excellent long term picks

            1. FPL_trail_runner
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              1 month, 17 days ago

              Yep

              I have 4/5 .

              To get Kane i need to sell one of TAA or Sterling for a hit

              Its adjusting to that reality which is the issue.

      2. No Professionals
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        What has sterling done wrong?!

        1. FPL_trail_runner
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          1 month, 17 days ago

          City underlying attacking stats have been down

          They are also attacking in a non productive manner - high ball retention and very few low crosses from wide areas to cut back for the easy tap ins they were doing alot of in past 3 years

          And he costs 11.5mil

          I have him. But its an ongoing debate. I havent been very impressed with them this year overall.

          It could easily be the same old 3 year and tired cycle story , where the players will have a dip.

      3. Camzy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        The key is to identify the guys you need to hold and then deviate off the ones you don't.

        For me, it looks like Salah, Son, DCL are core. Kane is creeping into essential territory too. The rest might be a rotate in and around based on form.

        That still leaves one last slot to make your mark. That could be Chelsea in Havertz/Pulisic/Werner. It could be City with Sterling/KdB/Aguero. It could be extra Liverpool with Mane.

        You just need to choose the appropriate sword.

        1. Brosstan
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 17 days ago

          Kane is more essential than DCL. He's top for shots AND chance created for forwards! He's also on pens

      4. Klaren
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        But top 10k template was quite different 2 weeks ago. As it's still early in the season, majority of the top 10k teams change every GW.

        1. FPL_trail_runner
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          1 month, 17 days ago

          Two weeks ago was week 3

          After Week 3 all of double everton attack, double spurs attack , Salah and double villa defence were the top scorers in their positions. It goes back even earlier than that :

          Martinez was the top goalie after week 2
          Hamez DCL Son and kane all hauled in week 2 to be the top points scorers that week
          Salah had 23 points after week 2

          1. Klaren
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 17 days ago

            Yes but Robertson and TAA were both seen as essential after their performance against Arsenal. Some were taking hits to get Vardy in.

            I think the PL table summarises the situation. We (probably) won't see Villa and Everton at the top of the table at the end of the season. There are still some early season anomalies which lead to short term points variances and some of these will normalise over time. Both in terms of team and individual player performances.

            1. FPL_trail_runner
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              1 month, 17 days ago

              Yes but your confusing team position with player value

              Everton and Villa can both finish barely in the top 10 and yet provide fpl value.

              I have the Liverpool double up. But it was based on Allison and VVD playing

              Without them its an open question

              I cant see myself having them all season now with VVD out

              Their price is based on 20 cleansheets a year + attacking returns

              Without vvd they will be closer to 10 cleansheets

              1. Klaren
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 17 days ago

                Team performance and thus FPL points are correlated. Yes based on value, they could still be good options but doesn't change the fact that they are at the positive side of the short term and likely abnormal variance due to small sample size. Team positions are just one of the factors that indicate this.

    17. michaelington
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Ryan Martinez
      Lamptey Mitchell TAA Saiss Taylor
      Son Salah Podence Rodriguez Reed
      Jimenez Ings DCL

      2.4 ITB

      A) Podence to Grealish
      B) Jimenez to Kane

      I’m awful at fpl this season so I can’t make decisions for myself. Thanks.

    18. Paulybaby123
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Anyone see Aguero.. What a kunnnnn*.. No need for manhandling the female official. No respect

        1. fcsaltyballs
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 17 days ago

          come on!! if it was a male official nothing wouldve been said...

          men and women should be treated equally!

          1. Wolves Ay We
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 17 days ago

            I may put my arms round my male mates at work, wouldn't do that to my female mates.

            1. fcsaltyballs
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 17 days ago

              So in one breathe people will say women should be paid the same as men but then the can’t be treat in a similar man with regards to interaction?

              1. Paulybaby123
                  1 month, 17 days ago

                  It's called RESPECT mate. What if some bloke put his arm around your missus or sister at their workplace. I would be livid. It's just not on. End of. Its actually really bad and I feel sorry for her a bit in this situation. There is a difference between being MALE and bring FEMALE. We should be treated the same in many respects yes, but to touch a woman when it's not consensual is never a good thing.

                  1. fcsaltyballs
                    • 4 Years
                    1 month, 17 days ago

                    but you could argue that Aguero deserves some respect by those calling him out for something so harmless...

                    so are you implying that Aguero was trying it on with her... he is simply putting his hand on her shoulder just as many players do to the male officials week in week out

                    i feel sorry for the woman in this situation simply because it has been blown out of proportion and she will have gained unwanted attention

                    if he touched her in a sexual or condescending manner then i get it... men and women are equal, although society is yet to fully appreciate that... Aguero did nothing wrong imo

              2. Klaren
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 17 days ago

                Just an archaic view. Your personal preference. Don't try to make it seem like that's how thing should be.

          2. Wolves Ay We
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 17 days ago

            Should be looked at by the authorities. I feel this is being swept under the carpet.

        2. nerd_is_the_werd
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 17 days ago

          What to do with Mahrez?

          1. wulfranian
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 17 days ago

            Keep

        3. No Professionals
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 17 days ago

          First decent week of the season

          Martinez
          Robertson Saiss Mitchell
          Salah(c) Son Grealish Foden
          Kane Jimenez DCL

          Steer Taylor James Alzate
          1ft 0.6itb

          Barring injuries it feels like a solid hold

          A) hold
          B) James out (to protect from price fall)
          C) something else

          1. Jordan.
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 17 days ago

            james to chilwell seems a plan

            1. No Professionals
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 17 days ago

              Yes or James to reguilon I’m thinking.

              Or James to ayling and start building funds to upgrade foden

        4. Jordan.
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 17 days ago

          just had a thought i have salah and son and will deffo captain salah gw6, so probably kanes biggest upside with a brace maybe at best is 13 points ,so with a hit thats only going to be +9 ,if jiminez scores vs NEW theres 9 so maybe i can do without ,bet theres plenty thinking this scenario as well...

          1. Eat my goal!
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 17 days ago

            Best see what jimi looks like tomorrow- Kane is on fire!

          2. HippY
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 17 days ago

            The problem is ownership. Kane showing up in any capacity next week is bad for business if you don't have him. I'd rather play it safe

        5. fcsaltyballs
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 17 days ago

          Martinez Forster
          Robertson Chilwell Saiss Dallas Ferguson
          Salah Son James Grealish Sterling
          DCL Watkins Brewster

          1 FT, 0.0 itb

          Anything needed here, do I need to get Kane in somehow - or save FT??

          1. The Hunt
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 17 days ago

            I'd downgrade your defence to 5 x 4.5m(ish) to get Kane in. Clean sheets are like hens teeth so why waste money at the back any more?

        6. Right In The Stanchion
            1 month, 17 days ago

            Jorginho by far the best cheap midfielder rotation player right?

            Looking to free up cash. Sold him a few weeks ago and regretting it. Think it’s worth 0.7 over the season

          • Jdpz
              1 month, 17 days ago

              Podence to trossard?

              1. The Hunt
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 11 Years
                1 month, 17 days ago

                Neither's going to have any serious impact at the end of the day.

            • Wolves Ay We
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 17 days ago

              Which sounds good?

              A) Castagne and Podence ---> Sais and Fernandes
              B) Castagne and Podence ---> Cresswell and Fernandes
              C) Don't do it

            • Davros
              • 11 Years
              1 month, 17 days ago

              Kane or Son?

              1. HippY
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                1 month, 17 days ago

                Both, forever

              2. umerlfc
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 17 days ago

                Whoever suits your team structure more
                Idelly I'd want both in the long run

              3. Davros
                • 11 Years
                1 month, 17 days ago

                Yeah, that’s what I’m thinking

              4. The Hunt
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 11 Years
                1 month, 17 days ago

                Peaches & Cream.

            • umerlfc
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 17 days ago

              Not seeing much discussion about McGinn
              He looks like the 5.5 mid to go for
              Can see people having Grealish as the obvious reason to not think about him I guess

            • HM2
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              1 month, 17 days ago

              2.9m ITB

              a) Ings > Kane
              b) Jimi > Kane tonight (avoiding the drop)
              c) Barnes > Rodriguez

              1. Pukkipartyy
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 17 days ago

                Hard...u need Hamez and Kane