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The Scout Network: Are premium defenders worth the investment?

The international break and build up to Gameweek 5 were busy periods for the Scout Network. We caught up with some of them to see what they got up to, as well as finding out their thoughts on the latest FPL talking points.

Some key figures from the Network shared their views on the debate surrounding premium defenders and whether they are worth the investment…

Ted Talks FPL

The Scout Network: Are Premium Defenders worth the investment? 2

Ted Talk’s FPL graphic for potential attacking returns from defenders

Clean sheets may have more-or-less vanished since the restart of the Premier League but we don’t necessarily pick defenders just for clean sheet points. We have to play at least three of them in our FPL teams so why not pick those with the greatest attacking potential?

In the graphic above, the black icons represent the defenders priced £5.5m and over. There are only really four premium defenders that are statistically head and shoulders above the rest: Alexander-Arnold, Robertson, Chilwell and Digne.

The latter three all have three attacking returns to their name, while Alexander-Arnold only has one, despite having the most impressive stats.

There are certainly more attacking returns to come from the highest points-scoring defender for the last two seasons – sellers beware.

Chilwell’s position is even more remarkable given these numbers are from just two appearances. These four players all play for teams who are in good attacking form, meaning their creativity has a higher chance of being converted into goals. This is a key aspect that might not be applicable long-term to players priced under £5.5m.

The next best players include three West Ham men, Reece James (rotation risk) and Tariq Lamptey. The latter, in my opinion, is the best of the rest.

Brighton have been in good attacking form this season enabling Lamptey’s creativity and penalty box touches to be converted into three assists.

There seems to be a bit of template forming for the defensive line and, crucially, most of the selections seem to be premium options. This is why I am championing keeping money in the backline.

Maintaining flexibility with different price points is important, allowing you to jump on any player easily when they come into form. For example, if you lost faith with an expensive back line and then suddenly Alexander-Arnold started hauling, it would be difficult to bring him back in without the use of a Wildcard.

I am also confident that once goalkeeping issues are sorted out for Liverpool, Chelsea and perhaps Everton, clean sheets will be more forthcoming, at least against low scoring sides such as Crystal Palace, Burnley, Sheffield Utd, West Brom, Fulham and Newcastle.

FPL Partridge

Laporte celebrating scoring for Manchester City during Project Restart

My personal strategy this season is to stick with Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andrew Robertson all season. Yes clean sheets may be limited, especially with Virgil van Dijk and Alison injured, but with those two players, you’re basically buying £7m/£7.5m attackers who also get clean sheet points.

I think, come the end of the season, we’ll struggle to find better value than the Liverpool full-backs.

This strategy also allows me to focus my transfers on attacking players as opposed to constantly switching defenders based on form. Outside of the Liverpool full-backs I’m not sure I’d be interested in any of the other premiums.

If however, Aymeric Laporte returns to fitness and looks to be playing regularly, I think he offers tremendous value at £6.0m, so he is the only other premium defender I’m keeping an eye on at the minute

Sam FPLFamily

Alexander-Arnold's consistency continues as Firmino unlucky to blank

Trent Alexander-Arnold in action for Liverpool

The Premium defenders are really divisive topic in the FPL community so far this season. While there have been a similar number of clean sheets in the opening weeks of this season as there were last term, the number of goals conceded in each Gameweek has been higher.

I started this season with one premium, one mid price, two 4.5m defenders and a 4.0m option and actually my thinking on this as a strategy still hasn’t changed.

I held Trent Alexander-Arnold through my Wildcard, however with van Dijk’s injury he made now be downgraded to one of the more mid-range defenders such as Ben Chilwell who, whilst aren’t keeping clean sheets are providing more regular attacking returns than we are seeing from Trent currently or a sideways move to Robertson who is offering more attacking threat currently.

Alexander-Arnold’s forward momentum seemed to have been limited by Jordan Henderson’s positioning in the Merseyside Derby during Gameweek 5, whereas on the other side Robertson was much higher up the pitch and thus his connection with Mane was working better than Alexander-Arnold’s with Mohamed Salah.

For me, if your Premium defender is returning regular attacking returns then it is worth maintaining them, however if they aren’t returning at either end of the pitch nor keeping clean sheets its probably time to think about redistributing the money across the rest of the team.

What’s going on in the Scout Network?

Ted Talks FPL

After a disastrous Gameweek 4, Ted Talk’s FPL played his Wildcard over the International Break which turned out to be a good decision, with new additions Son + Kane (c) doing well, amongst other successes.

Ted’s YouTube channel reached the milestone of 1,000 subscribers aided by two attack and defence videos, which proved to be popular. Over on Twitter, Ted reached 10k followers, having added daily animations to the schedule.

Ted Talk’s FPL will also be appearing on the FFScout sponsored FPL Wildcats’ live stream with FPL Nymfria this Thursday evening at 21:00 BST.

FPL Partridge

In FPL terms I’ve been doing very little to my team. In fact, had it not been for a Jamie Vardy injury, I’d have saved my free transfer for Gameweek 6.

This season I’m trying not to tinker too much with my squad as I find it’s easy to start overthinking things. I spend a lot of time in the FFS Premium Members Area, digesting the stats, but very little time on the Official FPL site, managing my team.

I have been keeping up to date with my blog, where I detail my thoughts and transfers each gameweek and as usual I have been hanging around on FPL Twitter engaging in discussion and sharing my FPL fails.

El Statto

Over the International Break El Statto launched a new series of articles over on his website called The ABC Transfer Guide. He published the first two articles last week Setting out the stall & Early Doors

El Statto also spend International Break making improvements to the functionality and look of his website to make it a more user friendly and nicer site for FPL managers to use.

FPL Poker Player

Weekly FPL Poker Tables blog was published which reported on very encouraging results for the previous gameweek’s predictions, and highlighted the key points of interest regarding the Gameweek 5 scoreline predictions, clean sheet probabilities, expected goals and player points.

Spreadsheet sales went global with customers now from all around the world, including Indonesia, Slovenia, Malaysia, India, and Ireland.

FPL Poker Player also announced the development of a new sortable players expected points table to enhance the value of the tables to make it an even more useful tool for FPL managers.

The betting arm spinoff account also recorded a 25% Return On Investment in GW4, with 3 winning bets out of the 4 recommended to followers.

FPLFamily

Both Lee and Sam played their Wildcard’s over International Break – albeit in very different circumstances. Lee deployed his very early in the two-week window, with Sam playing her’s on the Friday evening before the deadline when the Kevin De Bruyne injury news broke.

Their stream in the middle of International break looked at Lee’s wildcard as well as the drafts of all of their Patreon‘s who were playing their Wildcards.

You can catch the FPLFamily’s latest live stream here.

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  1. TB303
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    Capt

    A) Kane
    B) Salah

    1. Steve The Spud
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 10 days ago

      I think salah, shu def stats aren’t as good as Burnley’s

      If Kane gets a rest tomorrow I’ll be more tempted by him however

    2. TheDragon
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Salah is at home to Sheff Utd - that’s good enough for me

      I own Kane & Son so that’s enough spurs attack for me this week.

    3. Shineonme
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      I'm on B salah scores well at home

    4. Latetotheparty
        1 month, 10 days ago

        A for me

    5. dicky2014
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      What price will Cech be? 🙂

      1. Miguel Sanchez
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        4.5

      2. Pukki Blinders
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 10 days ago

        6.0 minimum

    6. Maddamotha
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Which defenders would you pick on a WC?

      Mitchell and Justin two to get rid of, considering they're likely to lose their place soon?

      1. TheDragon
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        The template is broadly (depending on budget)

        - 1 of Robertson ot TAA
        - 1 or 2 of these: Chilwell /Regulion/ Semedo/ Saiss/ Digne
        - 1 or 2 of these: Lamptey/ KWP/ Dallas/ Villa defender
        - 1 of these: Mitchell/ Fergusson/ Kilman

        1. Maddamotha
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 10 days ago

          Thanks.

    7. Flair
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Sterling with 6G 5A in the last 9 matches against West Ham, interesting.

      1. Steve The Spud
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Do need to consider how bad West Ham have been at times in the last few seasons

        1. Tinkermania
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 10 days ago

          And they are very bad this season. Did you see them against Spurs?

        2. The Suspended One
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 10 days ago

          Top 4 team now?

          1. Steve The Spud
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            1 month, 10 days ago

            No but they’re slightly better against a city team that’s weaker than it has been for a while, without their best player, off the back of a miraculous come back V spurs.... I’m just saying I wouldn’t captain sterling

            1. Tinkermania
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 10 days ago

              Fair enough. I am considering captaining him. If Spurs can score 3, City can. You lost me on the miraculous come back though.

          2. Tinkermania
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 10 days ago

            Spurs or west ham?

            1. Steve The Spud
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              1 month, 10 days ago

              West Ham coming back from 3-0 down in 10 minutes to get a point lol

      2. Latetotheparty
          1 month, 10 days ago

          Yeah it's tempting to capt sterling, on kane at the moment though.

      3. Pukki Blinders
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Who would you ditch out of Jimi and Werner?

        1. Steve The Spud
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          1 month, 10 days ago

          Jimi

        2. The Suspended One
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 10 days ago

          Already sold Jimi, starved of service

        3. Miguel Sanchez
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 10 days ago

          Jimenez

        4. Shineonme
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 10 days ago

          werner

        5. Latetotheparty
            1 month, 10 days ago

            Jimi

        6. Karan14
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 10 days ago

          Mane or Salah captain?

          Does my 2.5m rank mean I should go with Mane?

          1. The Suspended One
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 10 days ago

            Probably

          2. Flair
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            1 month, 10 days ago

            Sheffield United concede most of their chances down their right while Liverpool focus play through the left, so the open play argument seems to favor Mane.

            1. Karan14
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 10 days ago

              Yes I noticed that they do conceded more crosses and chances from Mane & Robbo's side.

              What I would really like to see is TAA launching the crosses for Mane.

              1. Flair
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                1 month, 10 days ago

                United don't play with wingers so TAA can definitely freely roam forward to provide crosses. Salah and Mane double up looks amazing because I see them destroying Sheffield United.

                1. Karan14
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 10 days ago

                  I hope you're right mate. Desperately need a big gameweek to get back on track!

          3. TheDragon
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 10 days ago

            Rank shouldn’t matter to it at the stage of season

            You go with whoever you think scores most points. Just owning Mane is a huge differential

            1. Karan14
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 10 days ago

              Yes I kind of agree with that. Obviously though the gains will be bigger if Mane hauls but it's hard to predict that.

          4. CroatianHammer
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 10 days ago

            If Salah hauls you're going to climb the ladder nicely anyway. 78 took me from 1.5 to 887K so you're not in must-have differential territory yet.

            1. Karan14
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 10 days ago

              Agreed with that. The big gains will come if Salah blanks and Mane(c) hauls.

          5. TheDragon
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 10 days ago

            If you ignore penalties then Mane looks an amazing option. Howeve you can’t ignore penalties!

            That’s why for me I will always go Salah over Mane - Manes potential extra output from open play isn’t enough for me to compensate for the fact Salah has penalties

            1. Tinkermania
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 10 days ago

              Yes. You can't ignore penalties. If we did Bruno would be 5.5.

            2. Karan14
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 10 days ago

              Yes I agree with that although pens are quite unpredictable.

          6. Shineonme
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 10 days ago

            60% of all players will captain salah

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

            Captaining Mane over Salah in the DGW last season cost me over 200 quid. Not gonna do it again especially this season with all the extra pens.

            1. No Professionals
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 10 days ago

              God don’t remind me of that

          8. DK_13
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 10 days ago

            Have both salah + mane in itself is a big differential. If mane hauls bigger than salah you will go up in rank. But if it's the other way around you will go down surely because salahs eo will be greater than 100%

        7. Michelle Davin
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 10 days ago

          Podence to McGinn or anybody else?

          1. Pukki Blinders
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 10 days ago

            Not a fan of McGinn

            1. Make United Great Again
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 10 days ago

              He’s going under the radar. Good returns so far for his price

              1. Pukki Blinders
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 10 days ago

                Good returns but seems like he’s over performing given his stats, positioning is quite deep also

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

                He is my Podence replacement. did well for me last yr

        8. Pukki Blinders
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 10 days ago

          Best striker below 8.0 to bring in? Clearly Maupay right?

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

            Bamford

            1. Pukki Blinders
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 10 days ago

              Useless fixtures though, think he will struggle as he’s not clinical

          2. TheDragon
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 10 days ago

            DCL but presume you have him!

            For me the order is:
            Maupay > Wilson > Watkins > Mitrovic > Bamford

            But I am very anti - Bamford so that might cloud my judgement

            1. Pukki Blinders
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 10 days ago

              Yep my order’s pretty much the same with Bamford at the very bottom lol

          3. Old Man
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 10 days ago

            Richarlison when he's back?

            1. Pukki Blinders
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 10 days ago

              Need him in for this week so unfortunately not

          4. Latetotheparty
              1 month, 10 days ago

              Was between bamford and maupay. I went maupay looks dangerous and passes the eye test for me.

          5. Stram Dunk
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            1 month, 10 days ago

            "Holland international Van Dijk suffered a grade three ACL tear after a challenge from Everton keeper Jordan Pickford in this weekend's Merseyside derby.

            Van Dijk will need surgery on his knee and could be out for as long as nine months."

            🙁

            1. Pukki Blinders
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 10 days ago

              Time to bring in Matip then :/

              1. TheDragon
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 10 days ago

                Looking forward to Matip being in the Baps - it’s been too long

                1. Hakim Ziyech
                  • 1 Year
                  1 month, 10 days ago

                  Fabinho could also slot in as CB alongside Gomez

                  1. No Professionals
                    • 3 Years
                    1 month, 10 days ago

                    would have thought it would be Gomez to drop out if anything, he is dire.

              2. Old Man
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                1 month, 10 days ago

                Good option who scores goals. You might want to wait until Pool's fixtures ease up a bit and Alisson is back.

              3. dunas_dog
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 10 days ago

                He’s carrying knock after Everton game

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

                  * Matip is

          6. CroatianHammer
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 10 days ago

            GW6 team is set
            Ryan
            Mitchell, Lamptey, Justin
            Sterling, Zaha, Bruno, Souček, Salah (C)
            Antonio, Kane

            Martinez, Brewster, Taylor, Dunne

            See you all at kick-off!

            1. Shineonme
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 10 days ago

              shame soucek isn't James Rod.

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

                Can't have all the Pokémon. Zaha to J-Rod is a possible move but want to see how Everton go next weekend. Plus Zaha is going into a potential purple patch.

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

                🙂
                Never shameful to have Souček, less so now.

          7. LIARS POKER
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 10 days ago

            Thoughts on below move to get Aguero in to partner Kane and DCL?

            Barnes + Wilson -> Barkley + Aguero (-4)

            Tempting as on paper looks like two big upgrades

            1. TheDragon
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 10 days ago

              Agree that’s 2 big upgrades but is it still a few weeks too soon to go Aguero?

              Presumable you could go a big premiuk midfielder and Maupay instead?

              1. Flair
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                1 month, 10 days ago

                If Aguero braces against Porto the opinions will change

                1. TheDragon
                  • 2 Years
                  1 month, 10 days ago

                  Agree - that’s why I posed it as a question

                  As soon as we see he is match fit and sharp I’ll be all aboard (ideally he could hold off getting back to his best for a few weeks to allow an easy Kane -> Aguero from GW9)

                  1. Flair
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    1 month, 10 days ago

                    Yeah I expect many will make that move. Let's see how long Jesus is out for, Pep's very fraudulent with him

                2. bitm2007
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 6 Years
                  1 month, 10 days ago

                  If he plays long enough to brace against Porto he will probably be rested at the weekend.

            2. Make United Great Again
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 10 days ago

              Two big upgrades I like it. Obviously Aguero isn’t match fit. But you might be getting ahead of the curve!

            3. No Professionals
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 10 days ago

              I would work on a plan to get aguero for 2-3 weeks time.

              Well that’s what I’m doing anyway.

          8. No Kane, No Gain!
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 10 days ago

            Is it time to move Justin & Mitchell on or do we think these budget def will carry on playing for a while?

          9. Hazardous1983
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 10 days ago

            Should i do

            Jimi to kane for free and digne to robbo for -4..... or not take hit n keep digne

            1. Sturridge Wars
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 10 days ago

              Jimi to Kane 100%.

              Don’t do digne to Robbo for a hit

            2. LC1
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 10 days ago

              Just do Jimi to Kane.

              Digne could still score well this week.

          10. Make United Great Again
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 10 days ago

            Realised I can do TAA & Pulisic to Chilwell & Bruno.

            If Lampard persists to play Pulisic on the right to accommodate Mount. Might pull the trigger in a couple weeks. Thoughts?

            1. Shineonme
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 10 days ago

              No way do that

              1. Make United Great Again
                • 8 Years
                1 month, 10 days ago

                I get it. Losing TAA is a big risk. But the way Lampard has used Pulisic on the RW twice now is annoying...

            2. Shineonme
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 10 days ago

              by the way love you're profile name

              1. Make United Great Again
                • 8 Years
                1 month, 10 days ago

                Can’t take the credit. Named after my favourite United podcast haha!

            3. Sturridge Wars
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 10 days ago

              Pulisic will go back to the left once Ziyech is fully fit

              1. Make United Great Again
                • 8 Years
                1 month, 10 days ago

                Really hope so. Don’t trust Lampard

            4. Hakim Ziyech
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 10 days ago

              Puli will likely play on the left since I’m back now

            5. Mambino
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 10 days ago

              I'd do that right now if I were you. Bruno is on fire right now and Chilwell not too shabby. I get Chelsea have great fixtures but so far going off fixtures doesn't seem to be working

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

                you'd have Chilwell too for the Chelsea fixtures

          11. Sturridge Wars
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 10 days ago

            Barkley or Grealish ?

            Reasoning?

            1. Shineonme
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 10 days ago

              Grealish if funds are no problem.

            2. LC1
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 10 days ago

              Grealish if budget isn't an issue.

              Seems to be at the middle of everything for Villa.

            3. Make United Great Again
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 10 days ago

              Grealish. Main man

            4. Hakim Ziyech
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 10 days ago

              Barkley & run away with the extra change.

              Barkley shares set piece duty & likely to be on spot kick too while Grealish is just Grealish

              1. Hakim Ziyech
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 10 days ago

                Grealish does nothing but win fouls for the main men to take.i.e Barkley, McGinn & Targett

            5. Dosh
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 10 days ago

              No love for McGinn here?

            6. Gentle_Turks
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 10 days ago

              Barkley

            7. No Professionals
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 10 days ago

              I would take Barkley, there are so many premium options that are on fire it makes sense to build some funds.

              I put grealish in last week, if I could go back I would take Barkley, not just because he scored but because it allows me to work to upgrading Jimenez to aguero

          12. LC1
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 10 days ago

            Morning gents!

            Hope everyones had a good start to the week?

            My team for this GW;

            Martinez
            TAA Saiss Castagne
            Salah(c) JRod Son Podence
            Kane DCL Mitrovic

            Mitchell James Bissouma

            Already taken a hit to do KDB and Jimenez to JRod and Kane before prices rises.

            Does team look okay?

            Planning to take out Podence or James next week for Grealish and not sure which defender yet.

            Thanks in advance!

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

            Matip is 5.4m... That's a nice price.

            Matip + Pulisic OR Robertson + Foden?

            1. Flair
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              1 month, 10 days ago

              Pulisic at RW is not appealing to me and I'd like to see what Liverpool defense is up to tonight.

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

                Fair. This isn't for now. Maybe in a few weeks' time. I have a critical decision next week on what I do with Reece James.

                I could either downgrade the slot to a 4.5m and go for a budget backline, go for a mid-price option like Chilwell or go premium with Robertson.

                1. Flair
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  1 month, 10 days ago

                  The time could be next week for Pulisic, just not now for sure. Plenty depends on the United game, let's see what Lampard does with Ziyech. That run of Burnley (A), Sheffield United (H), Newcastle (A), Spurs (H) and Leeds (H) has a ton of potential with the attack returning to what we all expected to see from the start.

                2. No Professionals
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 10 days ago

                  I have a similar conundrum with Reece James. Chilwell or reguilon are the ones I would want if I wasn’t thinking about the rest of my team.

                  Reality is I will go to Ayling or lamptey, allows Jimenez to aguero a week or so later.

            2. The Handsome Hunk
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 10 days ago

              2nd. Barkley in for Foden?

          14. Shineonme
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 10 days ago

            Sorry. Grealish is a better player and the main man for villa.

            1. Hakim Ziyech
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 10 days ago

              Overrated player

              1. Dosh
                • 6 Years
                1 month, 10 days ago

                In FPL, yes. In general, no.

                1. Hakim Ziyech
                  • 1 Year
                  1 month, 10 days ago

                  In general too. English media at it’s best, all they do is overrate anyone that is English.

                  He is a good footballer but way too overrated for my liking

          15. Karan14
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 10 days ago

            City & Pool playing today!!

            Aren't CL group stages split over 2 weeks?

            1. Baines on Toast...
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              1 month, 10 days ago

              All accelerated this season

            2. Legomané
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • Has Moderation Rights
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 10 days ago

              Here’s a link to my full fixture matrix — ECL/Europa group fixtures occupy every midweek between GW5 and GW12 (excl. the intl. break)

              https://twitter.com/legomane_fpl/status/1315910159613472773

              1. Karan14
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 10 days ago

                Cheers this is very helpful!!

                1. Legomané
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • Has Moderation Rights
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 10 days ago

                  No probs 🙂

          16. Baines on Toast...
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 10 days ago

            Made a UCL team five minutes before the deadline, forgetting most of the principles of the game and barely getting it through because the website was playing up.

            Luckily I picked Angelino based on two minutes of research…Now to wildcard and get rid of him.

            1. Dosh
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 10 days ago

              Why get rid of him?

              1. Baines on Toast...
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                1 month, 10 days ago

                United and PSG next 3, and reading about the game it looks like there's a lot of other value in defence and I got pretty lucky.

                Then again he might be useful given the price. Been years since I played UCL game.

          17. The Train Driver
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 10 days ago

            Score check UCL 75 pts with 4 to go.

            (never do these on FPL because I suck)

            1. Baines on Toast...
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              1 month, 10 days ago

              46, 5 left

            2. Sir Alex Telles.
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 10 days ago

              70 with 3 to go.

          18. dbeck
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 10 days ago

            Play two, one needs to be a def

            1. Soucek Vs city
            2. Brewster vs pool
            3. Mitchell vs fulham
            4. KWP vs Everton
            5. Dallas Vs villa

            1. Shineonme
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 10 days ago

              3 or 4

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

                3 and 4 or one of 3 and 4 and one other?

            2. Pukki Blinders
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 10 days ago

              35

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

              Soucek and Mitchell. KWP-Dallas-Brewster bench.

            4. stu92
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 10 days ago

              23

            5. karsworde
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 10 days ago

              Mitchell, Dallas

          19. stu92
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 10 days ago

            Need to bench 2:

            a) Kilman
            b) Saiss
            c) Lamptey
            d) Mings (already have Martinez)
            e) Trossard

            1. Kannbury
                1 month, 10 days ago

                A, C, but could all do well.

                1. stu92
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 1 Year
                  1 month, 10 days ago

                  I’m on my wildcard, so having options maybe isn’t a bad thing!

                  1. Kannbury
                      1 month, 10 days ago

                      I agree, would be very handy if Kilman could nail a place.

              • Zlatan F.C
                  1 month, 10 days ago

                  Which one?

                  A) Jimi to Kane (FT)
                  B) Jimi and Podence to Kane and Rodriguez (-4)
                  C) Brewster and Podence to Kane and Bissouma (-4)
                  D) James to Ayling (FT)

                  Martinez
                  Robbo Saiss Lamptey
                  Son Salah Foden Grealish Podence
                  DCL Jimi

                  Brewster James Ferguson

                  1. seewhyaxe
                    • 3 Years
                    1 month, 10 days ago

                    We got very similar teams (I also have James on the bench), I'm saving this gw lol.

                • Sir Alex Telles.
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 10 days ago

                  if PVA is fit and Aguero bags a brace in 60 mins vs porto and gets rested. How is this for -8?

                  Jimmy+ Mitro+ Trent to Kane+ Aguero+ PVA.

                  1. Flair
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    1 month, 10 days ago

                    Despite the obvious drawbacks that looks so so appealing

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

                    nah, just do get kane for -4

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

                      ..or for free..seems you have lots of money

                      1. Sir Alex Telles.
                        • 3 Years
                        1 month, 10 days ago

                        Thanks

                  3. Gentle_Turks
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 2 Years
                    1 month, 10 days ago

                    I wouldn’t lose Trent, or Jimenez before Newcastle at home. Also your team would be too top heavy with both Aguero and Kane.

                • Lucky Z
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 10 days ago

                  Martinez
                  Reguilon | PVA | Lamptey
                  Son | Salah | JRod | Grealish | Pulisic
                  Kane | DCL

                  Forster | Chilwell | Mitchell | Brewster

                  1FT, 0.5ITB

                  Guys planning to save FT. But whom to bench? Lamptey vs WBA at home looks wrong. Currently on Chilwell

                • farmerfat
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  1 month, 10 days ago

                  I still have KDB.

                  If you had to pick one replacement for the next two, who would it be? ( Already have Son and Salah)

                  1) Sterling
                  or
                  2) Mane

                  Thoughts are much appreciated 🙂

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

                    1

                  2. Kannbury
                      1 month, 10 days ago

                      Sterling.

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

                      Mane.

                      Stats say Mane.

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

                        He has the highest non-penalty xG. He has better fixtures over the next 4. He has lower ownership. Pool look better than City going forward.

                        If Kane wasn't so good and demanding my attention, I would bring him in.

                        I'm getting Mane as my KdB replacement in the FanTeam 500eur High Roller so I'll gladly put my money where my mouth is 🙂

                        1. The Handsome Hunk
                          • 6 Years
                          1 month, 10 days ago

                          Who are you kicking for Kane ?

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

                            Jimi.

                            But turns out I was wrong. Sterling has lower ownership in FPL. That's pretty crazy to me. I guess because I've been staring at the FanTeam page where Sterling has like 60% ownership so long I just assumed he was higher.

                    • The Handsome Hunk
                      • 6 Years
                      1 month, 10 days ago

                      Need to knw same. Look below.

                  3. Red Red Robins
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    1 month, 10 days ago

                    Im a bit stuck on Jimmy, im tempted to stick with him for the next 2 - 3wks, but Wolves arent looking great.
                    Whats the Jimmy owners thinking?

                    1. Baines on Toast...
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 10 Years
                      1 month, 10 days ago

                      The thing is that he's so bonus-friendly, one goal is usually enough for 8-9 points.

                      I fancy him vs Newcastle as they look awful and Wolves are, whatever their form, coming off a solid away win. Palace is trickier, so it depends how he does v NEW.

                      Ideally I bought Jimi as a set-and-forget given we basically know what he's gonna do.

                      1. Baines on Toast...
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 10 Years
                        1 month, 10 days ago

                        My concern, looking at the stats, is his assists may drop off this year. So we'll see.

                        1. Pukki Blinders
                          • 1 Year
                          1 month, 10 days ago

                          Looks like his goals will drop off too, service has been poor for him

                          1. No Professionals
                            • 3 Years
                            1 month, 10 days ago

                            He has 3 in 5. Not spectacular when you look at the likes of son and dcl. But it’s 23 goals in a season if he carries on at this rate.

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

                              Ings vs Jim is a ball ache for me

                              1. The Handsome Hunk
                                • 6 Years
                                1 month, 10 days ago

                                Ings will be involved in more goals than Jimi. I can bet that. I have Jimi just because of fixtures but Ings would be my choice 150%.

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

                                  just feels wrong selling Jim over Ings in next 4. Ings fixtures looks tougher on paper.

                                  1. The Handsome Hunk
                                    • 6 Years
                                    1 month, 10 days ago

                                    Fixtures are myth to consider. Jiminez haven't done anything great despite of 'Green' fixtures. Plus all round team setup suits well for Ings. Assists+Goals, whats not to like.

                      2. Old Man
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 9 Years
                        1 month, 10 days ago

                        exactly this!

                    2. Sir Alex Telles.
                      • 3 Years
                      1 month, 10 days ago

                      Better get Kane because whether you have him or not he'll score. Jiminez's point ceiling is 9 pts, Kane is 20+

                    3. wasp3000
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 6 Years
                      1 month, 10 days ago

                      Got rid. On a WC now with a current Frontline of Kane DCL Maupay with the intention of FT Maupay to Antonio GW 8

                    4. Kannbury
                        1 month, 10 days ago

                        Always good for a goal and a couple of bonus, even when off form.. A handy differential with everyone selling, I am definitely keeping.

                      • Red Red Robins
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        1 month, 10 days ago

                        Tempted to keep, he will score, but the idea of dropping him down to a £6 is tempted, that extra money could come in handy.

                      • Old Man
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 9 Years
                        1 month, 10 days ago

                        He's staying for this week but might sell before Palace, who are more frugal. Wolves seem a little lacking in the creative department. Wait and see.

                        1. Red Red Robins
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          1 month, 10 days ago

                          I agree, but he is on pens though - its a dilemma, with him and TAA i have 2 that im keeping that im not 100% convinced on. Those 2 and KDB were my set and forgets and all 3 arent great

                    5. wasp3000
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 6 Years
                      1 month, 10 days ago

                      Morning All

                      On a WC and need to free up funds...... would you

                      A) Go Saiss to Kilman
                      B) Grealish to Barkley
                      C) without a Lpool DF

                      1. Hakim Ziyech
                        • 1 Year
                        1 month, 10 days ago

                        B

                      2. The Handsome Hunk
                        • 6 Years
                        1 month, 10 days ago

                        B. You can get away with it. Barkley will be in points no matter what.

                        1. Hakim Ziyech
                          • 1 Year
                          1 month, 10 days ago

                          Yeah. I did Grealish to Barkley for a minus 4 & I’m so glad I made this switch

                    6. The Handsome Hunk
                      • 6 Years
                      1 month, 10 days ago

                      Primarily considering 4-5 weeks, KDB to:-

                      a)Sterling
                      b)Mane(double up with Salah)
                      c)Bruno
                      d)Rashford

                      1. Flair
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        1 month, 10 days ago

                        Mane. Stats and fixtures are excellent.

                        1. The Handsome Hunk
                          • 6 Years
                          1 month, 10 days ago

                          I also want Mane, but is it viable to double up. not sure though.

                          1. Flair
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            1 month, 10 days ago

                            Both are individually excellent options and there's a clear case for Mane>Sterling, so what's the issue?

                            1. The Handsome Hunk
                              • 6 Years
                              1 month, 10 days ago

                              Thanks for the input. 3 home games in next 4 is also good factor to consider.

                      2. farmerfat
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 5 Years
                        1 month, 10 days ago

                        In the same boat, Mane's stats look amazing but pretty happy with Salah (usually only one of them haul).

                        Thinking Sterling for the City cover but its a really tough choice!

                        1. The Handsome Hunk
                          • 6 Years
                          1 month, 10 days ago

                          My gut feeling says, Sterling without KDB will struggle more against WHM. But he has good track record against them.

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

                          Forget cover. Pick the best option available.

                          The only argument for cover is when it offers a captaincy. Are you gonna captain Sterling in the next 4? 99% chance that is no.

                          1. The Handsome Hunk
                            • 6 Years
                            1 month, 10 days ago

                            Need some differential pick to climb up the ranks. Both are quite differential in my ML. I guess Home/Away factor is null now.