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Bowen and Fornals disappoint as Benrahma emerges at West Ham

WEST HAM 1-0 FULHAM

  • Goals: Tomas Souček (£4.9m)
  • Assists: Saïd Benrahma (£6.0m)
  • Penalty saves: Lukasz Fabianski (£5.0m)
  • Penalty misses: Ademola Lookman (£5.0m)
  • Bonus points: Fabianski x3, Vladimir Coufal x2 (£4.5m), Soucek x1

TAKE A BOWEN

Most of West Ham’s attacking assets disappointed in their first match of an appealing fixture run as they beat Fulham 1-0 on Saturday evening.

Fantasy Premier League managers have been waiting for the Gameweek 8 fixture swing for some time, even a Michail Antonio (£6.2m) injury not putting off a wave of investment.

Jarrod Bowen (£6.3m) and Pablo Fornals (£6.4m) picked up roughly 150,000 new owners between them but neither one particularly impressed even against Fulham’s poor defence.

Of the two, it was Bowen who came the closest to an attacking return, his powerful first-half effort from the edge of the box deflected and turned over by Alphonse Areola (£4.5m).

After that, the former Hull man did rack up a few more shots on goal, almost all of them from outside of the box. And, apart from his speculative efforts, Bowen struggled to get into the game.

The local press has somewhat critical of his performances recently, highlighting that they have been on the decline since the Gameweek 4 3-0 win at Leicester.

Meanwhile, the closest Fornals’ came to an attacking return was in the first half when he got round the back of left-back Antonee Robinson (£4.4m) and his cross was deflected into the path of Arthur Masuaku (£4.5m) who fired a close-range effort straight at Areola.

Neither player was allowed to finish the game either, replaced by Saïd Benrahma (£6.0m) and Manuel Lanzini (£6.4m) in the 72nd minute.

While Bowen and Fornals’ owners are certainly likely to hold these assets for a plum Gameweek 9 trip to Sheffield United, who are still without a clean sheet this season, the fact that they looked so poor even against Fulham may be enough to put off further investment despite the favourable fixtures. 

“I think it says a lot about the players, it is a change. We are not going to try and be flakey to lose the game, we are going to stick at it and try to not lose. I wouldn’t say it was ugly, we dominated the ball in the opening ten or 15 minutes we had chances but the last 20 we tried too. What we didn’t have was the ability to beat somebody until (after the substitutions).” – David Moyes

LATE D-RAHMA

However, it was not all doom and gloom for West Ham’s attackers against Fulham.

Tomas Souček (£4.9m) finally delivered on his positive underlying statistics and got his first goal of the campaign.

Unsurprisingly, the midfielder’s penalty area presence characterised his latest performance, putting him in the right place at the right time to slot past Areola in the closing stages.

Those looking to invest in West Ham’s fixtures should also have Benrahma on their minds too, as it was his persistent determination that breathed new life into the Hammers in the last 20 minutes – and he got the assist for the winner too.

Admittedly, it was Benrahma who gave away a stoppage-time penalty for a foul on Tom Cairney (£5.3m) but Moyes did not seem concerned about that at full-time.

All things considered, such a display may convince him to start Benrahma against Sheffield United, which could see one of Bowen or Fornals drop out of the side, although it is hard to predict that with any degree of certainty. Either way, Benrahma’s emergence is sure to be a little frustrating for Fantasy managers assessing who the most nailed-on starters in the West Ham midfield are outside of Souček.

“(Asked about Benrahma’s impact): I hope you have seen Fornals and Bowen’s class as well in recent weeks so we have got really good competition in those positions. Saïd is a really good player, I have had lots of players from the Championship that I don’t expect too much from too quickly. He had an impact in both boxes but thankfully it went well for us.” – David Moyes

HAMMER BLOW

There was mixed news for West Ham’s defensive potential in their 1-0 win over Fulham.

A third clean sheet of the season was, of course, welcome news for the 120,000+ managers who signed Aaron Cresswell (£5.1m), who was unfortunate not to come away with attacking returns on Saturday.

Fabian Balbuena (£4.4m) and Haller both saw efforts either saved or hit the crossbar from Cresswell’s corners in the opening exchange, and the left centre-back also had an effort denied by Areola too.

It was Vladimir Coufal (£4.5m) who top-scored among the FPL defenders though, taking home two bonus points for eight points. He now has 25 from five appearances now, averaging five points per game.

A reason for those extras against Fulham seems to have been his persistence in the cross, although the quality of his delivery did not live up to Cresswell’s, something even Moyes inferred at full-time.

“One small thing, I think our crossing tonight was terrible and our ability to get into positions like that, we didn’t do well enough. We either overhit it or hit the font man and that was one aspect but we thought we would have more of the ball, it panned out that way later in the game and we didn’t quite pass the ball well through the lines enough.” – David Moyes

As for long-term clean sheet potential, it was somewhat alarming to witness West Ham’s game management in the closing stages, especially after going 1-0 up.

They struggled to handle the driving runs of substitute Ruben Loftus-Cheek (£5.9m) and looked likely to concede under Fulham’s attacking pressure. Of course, they would have done were it not for the fortuitous circumstances of Ademola Lookman‘s (£5.0m) awful penalty.

Meanwhile, Moyes will now be sweating on the fitness of Angelo Ogbonna (£4.9m), who picked up a muscle injury in the second half and has been the ever-present lynchpin in West Ham’s defence and could be missed sorely if his absence proves to be a long-term one.

“We’re a little bit worried about Angelo. Because it was a challenge in the box where I don’t think the player should have made the challenge on the goalkeeper and it has opened his groin up a bit so we’ll get him scanned and see what the outcome is.” – David Moyes

West Ham United XI (3-4-2-1): Fabianski; Cresswell, Ogbonna (Diop 63′), Balbuena; Masuaku, Souček, Rice, Coufal; Fornals (Benrahma 72′), Bowen (Lanzini 72′); Haller.

Fulham XI (4-2-3-1): Areola; A Robinson, Adarabioyo, Andersen, Aina; Reed, Zambo Anguissa (Cavaleiro 90+3′); Lookman, Cairney, De Cordova-Reid (Loftus-Cheek 83′); Mitrović.

Lessons Learned from FPL Gameweek 8

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2,364 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Ze_Austin
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 19 days ago

    The Ogbonna injury isn't nice, as a Coufal owner

    Hoping Diop fits into the system well

    1. BoleynWin
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 19 days ago

      Diop has the quality to be our best CB at the club in my opinion, he just needs to be a bit more ‘no nonsense’ rather than overplay like he’s been guilty of in the past.
      He’s no stranger to first team action either so I can’t envisage there being an issue with him slotting straight in. Good luck.

  2. ZakyJ
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 19 days ago

    please order on importance of bringing in:

    A Cancelo
    B Ziyech
    C KDB
    D Bruno
    E Vardy
    F Werner

    Maybe just your top 3

    Thanks

    1. jimbo90
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 19 days ago

      CDB

    2. Groot the Leveller
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 19 days ago

      Can someone explain the KDB and sterling love for me...
      They/man city have been pretty underwhelming so far

      1. ZakyJ
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 19 days ago

        KDB is arguably the best player in the prem, is the cornerstone of a very attacking team with a great upcoming schedule and is on penalties.

        What player word you rather have in your team atm?

        1. Groot the Leveller
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 19 days ago

          I agree he was great last year, and he never left my (poor) team. But he's not really consistently firing yet.
          I went back to Salah and I've not seen a reason to drop him or Son yet.

    3. Stram Dunk
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 19 days ago

      BEA

  3. Mind över Mata
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 19 days ago

    I’ve 2FTs and may move early

    Maupay -> Watkins or Bamford

    I’ve already got Grealish but am still thinking W. Any thoughts?

    1. King Kohli
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 19 days ago

      Bamford

    2. Black Knights
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 19 days ago

      Watkins. That run is juicy and they score goals.

  4. Nedvěd11
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 19 days ago

    Is it worth taking -12 in total (-4 GW9 and -8 GW10)

    Will end up with

    Grealish-Sterling-Fernandes-KDB-Ziyech in mid.

    DCL-Watkins

    1. ZakyJ
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 19 days ago

      probably not

    2. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 19 days ago

      Not really unless you are removing injured/suspended/dropped players

    3. Dr. Ante Pavlovic
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 19 days ago

      Sterling and KDB maybe too much. Will have something similar but with Salah over KDB in the space of two gameweeks.

      1. ZakyJ
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 19 days ago

        yeah id prefer KDB and Salah, not having Sterling

    4. Major League Shocker
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 19 days ago

      You aren't likely to get a helpful response to this without posting your team. Not that many people will click through to the linked team in your profile.

      The team looks like it needs a shake-up. Maybe if you stick with Bamford over Watkins, that could save a hit, but if you really want Watkins then go for it.

  5. Dr. Ante Pavlovic
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 19 days ago

    Mendy, Button
    Chilly, Reguilon, Coufal, Justin, 3.9
    Salah, Son, Ziyech, James, Grealish
    Kane, DCL, Brewster

    What do you think about my team ? Thinking of going Reguilon and Son to Cresswell and Bruno for a hit..

  6. noone
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 19 days ago

    Which two will score the most from here on?

    KDB, Vardy, Bruno, Son

    1. JONALDINHO
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 19 days ago

      KDB Bruno

  7. Slitherene
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 19 days ago

    I have 2 options on WC

    A) Fernandes - Watkins - Berge
    B) Rashford - Grealish - Brewster

    Which one would you go for?

    1. ZakyJ
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 19 days ago

      A as i prefer Bruno

    2. Stram Dunk
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 19 days ago

      B for me as I prefer Rashford

  8. JONALDINHO
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 19 days ago

    Thoughts on these moves?

    Martinez
    Chilwell • Semedo • Masuaku
    Salah • Bruno • Son • Grealish • Zaha
    DCL • Bamford
    (4.0 / Maupay / KWP / Dallas)

    Kane and Stephens to Bruno and Bamford gives me this. Next week I’ll do Son and Maupay to KDB and Brewster

    1. Wicked Weapon
        2 months, 19 days ago

        For playing 3-5-2 that would be a good team

      • JURGENAUT
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        2 months, 19 days ago

        Your midfield would be crazy immense! I like it a lot.

        Would you consider this in mine?

        Son & Saiss > Bruno & Kilman (exact funds, -4 hit). Team becomes:

        McCarthy
        Chilwell - Lamptey - Kilman
        Salah - Bruno - Grealish - Zaha
        Kane - Werner - DCL

        (Forster - Justin - Mitchell - Stephens)

        1. JONALDINHO
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 19 days ago

          Looks good. I think United will struggle against a West Brom parking the bus but Bruno will haul away to Sotonand West Ham. I’m hesitant on losing son because I think he’ll do well against the likes of Chelsea and arsenal who play high lines

    2. The Mighty Whites
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 19 days ago

      2FT, 1.1 ITB-

      Martinez, Peacock-Farrell

      *TAA, Chilwell, *Saiss, Lamptey, *Mitchell

      Salah, Son, Rodriguez, Grealish, *Alzate

      Kane, Calvert-Lewin, Bamford

      1. Black Knights
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 19 days ago

        Forwards are all good so just tidy up your defence with 1FT and roll the other. Mitchell to Saints or can you reach PVA?

    3. Wicked Weapon
        2 months, 19 days ago

        Martinez, Johnstone
        TAA, KWP, Saiss, Justin, Kilman
        Son, Salah, Bruno, Soucek, Bissouma
        Wilson, Jimenez, Bamford

        Does it make sense to WC this team ? or I can make some reasonable tweaks with 2FT and a hit or two ?

        1. Pep bites Kun
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 19 days ago

          5/6 players with injury or unfavourable fixtures - no panic to activate wc right now. You have the IB to assess options and can go till gw10/11 with FTs imo

          1. Wicked Weapon
              2 months, 19 days ago

              Fair point. My thinking though is that if I hold onto it for longer then it will probably go to waste by GW16 anyways right ? or maybe we get double GWs by then ?

              1. Ze_Austin
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                2 months, 19 days ago

                DGWs will come three GWs after the first WC expires

                There's no midweek space until GW19

                1. Major League Shocker
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 1 Year
                  2 months, 19 days ago

                  True, but this doesn't make WC16 a waste. You should be able to load up on the teams that have a game in hand to be made up, then sprinkle in a few other players who have good fixture runs around that time. Hopefully we'll know before GW16 which teams will have a BGW18 followed by DGW19 (some will just have two SGWs).

                  That's not to say you have to hold it, but you can benefit from holding it in a way you might not be able to in a year with no significant DGWs until March/April.

              2. Pep bites Kun
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 19 days ago

                As per ZE_Austin comment above, I wouldn't be holding for DGWs. Wolves have Sou next and gw10 shows a shift in fixtures for them & City. City are hard to call at the mo, but with FTs you have the benefit of a wait & see. Don't rush it, wait till wc is right for your squad going forward

          2. Wicked Weapon
              2 months, 18 days ago

              Thanks for all the input guys! I think not rushing it makes good sense I will wait and see.

          3. JURGENAUT
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            2 months, 19 days ago

            Son & Saiss > Bruno Fernandes & Kilman (-4)?

          4. The Mandalorian
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 19 days ago

            Ziyech has a flat cross which is very hard to defend against. KDB can do this but very players in the EPL can cross like Ziyech.

            Teams that sit deep will likely get picked apart by this flat cross as we saw with Burnley and SUFC.
            So against attacking teams he's likely to be less effective as he will have to defend more and have less time in the opposition box to cross.

            Teams will also wise up to his crossing and probably put more effort into stopping him.
            I don't see many teams up to Jan willing to sit deep against Chelsea.
            I'm not sure about Newcastle but Arsenal and Villa are defensive however they don't play until the end of the year.

            Obviously you'd expect Ziyech to get attacking returns but how many against attacking teams I don't know.

            1. rnrd
              • 6 Years
              2 months, 19 days ago

              That's an interesting analyzis. Clearly he wasn't rushing upfront against SHU and would prefere to stay deep at the heart of the game construction. He has world class set pieces skills but his two latest displays make me think he fallis into the "set and forget" category rather than an explosive Werner/pulisic.

              Porblem is that I like my set and forgets to be 100% nailed and I'm not sure anybody is in this chelsea team.

              1. The Mandalorian
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                2 months, 19 days ago

                That's it we don't know how good his crossing is on the counter attack when under pressure. Frank might decide to attack more on the left.

            2. Fit_to_drop
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 19 days ago

              I have seen players like him before in the premiership. They are not involved in almost every passage of play (as someone like KDB is) but when they are, they really do something incisive. Im thinking here more of a Cantona type player (though different style) in terms of his impact on the game.

            3. UNDERWORLD7
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 19 days ago

              He’s amazing, already orchestrating the strings in attack and is pivotal in that side, lamps already knows this i reckon.

            4. Miguel Sanchez
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 19 days ago

              Also not as noted, but his pressing from the front is very impressive and not often seen in luxury-type playmakers.

            5. The Count of Monte Cristo
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 19 days ago

              Interesting thoughts - I did not see the game but will go back to see extended highlights or a Youtube Ziyech compilation of the game.

              Irrelevant to the analysis but a friend and I had crossed paths with him near their training ground where we both happened to stop and he came across as a great chap. We started in French, but switched to English as it's impeccable.

          5. JURGENAUT
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            2 months, 19 days ago

            McCarthy
            Chilwell / Justin / Lamptey
            Salah / Son / Grealish / Zaha
            Kane / Werner / DCL

            Forster / Saiss / Mitchell / Stephens

            Saiss & Son > Kilman & Fernandes?

            Thoughts?

            Thanks

            1. Deulofail
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 19 days ago

              Is it the right time to be buying those players?

              1. JURGENAUT
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                2 months, 19 days ago

                Bruno fixtures are great, Son's become tough.
                Saiss doesn't play, kilman does.

                That's my thinking.

                1. Deulofail
                  • 5 Years
                  2 months, 19 days ago

                  Bruno fixtures are good, not great, in my opinion. He's likely my captain this gameweek, but I have no confidence in United, having tripled up in their attack since GW2. Perhaps their are better targets, but he's not a bad choice, of course.

                  Kilman seems a bit of a sheep move though. What are you going to get out of him with those fixtures? Justin isn't nailed, Lamptey seems injury prone and Mitchell is injured and potentially a non-starter anyway, so I think you could look for a better option tbh

                  1. Black Knights
                    • 8 Years
                    2 months, 19 days ago

                    Firm but fair.

                  2. HashAttack
                    • 3 Years
                    2 months, 19 days ago

                    I don't really trust Bruno at home - got burnt by captaining him a couple of times last season

                    1. Deulofail
                      • 5 Years
                      2 months, 19 days ago

                      Yeah, it's a close call between him and Grealish for me. I can't get captaincy right this season, even when I'm trying desperately to be sensible, but I feel like Bruno is the sensible choice again, and may kick myself if I go with a gut instinct instead.

                      1. HashAttack
                        • 3 Years
                        2 months, 19 days ago

                        I've got a 50% record of picking a player that blanks - KDB, KDB, Salah and Son so far this season

          6. Nespinha
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 19 days ago

            Thoughts on these moves over the next weeks:

            GW9) Mitchell --- Cresswell / James

            GW10) Robbo + Son --- Lamptey / Coufal + KDB

            1. Deulofail
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 19 days ago

              This was very brilliantly humorous in slow motion (seen on MotD2)

              1. Limbo
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                2 months, 19 days ago

                Niceone will watch.

                Proper Tekkers.

          7. The Train Driver
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 19 days ago

            "Leeds have asked the Premier League and the referees' body PGMOL to clarify the offside rule following Patrick Bamford's controversially disallowed goal against Crystal Palace on Saturday."

            1. Pep bites Kun
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 19 days ago

              Upstarts 😉

              Fair play - get in Leeds! Clarity is always a good thing

          8. FDMS All Starz
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 19 days ago

            (2FT, 2.4itb) What would you do here? Get rid of Podence or the Spurs boys? or fix bench? City players needed?

            McCarthy
            Chilwell - Justin - Targett
            Salah - Son - Bruno - Podence
            Kane - Adams - DCL

            Subs: Nyland - Bissuma - Douglas - Bernardo

            1. Limbo
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              2 months, 19 days ago

              Upgrade Podence. May as well get Grealish.

          9. Silent Friend
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 19 days ago

            Cancelo to cover City fixtures, keep Kane Son and wait and see

          10. Deulofail
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 19 days ago

            Rate my Arsenal defence! 0.2 frees. 0 FTs.
            Might anything be worth a hit, assuming all but Mitchell fit?

            Martinez
            Bellerin Gabriel Lamptey
            Sterling KDB Fernandes Grealish Jota
            Martial DCL

            Button | Brewster, Justin, Mitchell**

            1. Fit_to_drop
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 19 days ago

              Crazy having 2 Arsenal I personally think. I dont think they are that good in defence. I would sell Gabriel.

              1. Deulofail
                • 5 Years
                2 months, 19 days ago

                Easy to say after their worst defensive performace since June against Man City!

                1. Fit_to_drop
                  • 1 Year
                  2 months, 19 days ago

                  Fair point. OK - ill rephrase my view. I dont think I would do Double Defence anyone in the premier league this year given the inconsistency and variability that is out there.

                  1. Deulofail
                    • 5 Years
                    2 months, 19 days ago

                    I don't think inconsistency/variability affects the probability of cleanies though. I'd run with your resoning if I was looking to rotate players from different teams based on form and/or fixtures, but at 5.1m, I think these players are going to be almost ever-present in my XI until sold. Changing one of them to a player from another team does nothing to improve the likelihood of that player slot getting a cleanie, unless the replacement player is actually more likely to get a cleanie, so the double-up isn't a factor in my understanding.

                    I get that you don't have confidence in the Arsenal defence though 🙂

          11. NoName
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 19 days ago

            Would u take a hit to replace a non-playing 4.0 with another of the same kind?

            Can't bring in Watkins because I have 3 Villa (Grealish Martinez Steer).

            1. NoName
              • 6 Years
              2 months, 19 days ago

              *4.0gk

            2. JURGENAUT
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              2 months, 19 days ago

              No, waste of transfer imo. Definitely not for -4.

              1. NoName
                • 6 Years
                2 months, 19 days ago

                Ok. Cheers.

          12. FlyingWithoutIngs
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 19 days ago

            Any advice always been near the top on FPL in my mini leagues but this year I am doing absolutely dreadful through no fault but my own. Silly decision and impatient transfers have left me around 2m ITW and 50-100 pts behind in my mini league. This is my current team.

            Martinez steer
            R.James cancelo coufal saiss mitchell
            Bruno salah Grealish J.rodriguez anguissa
            Kane maupay DCL

            Any advice would be much appreciated

            1. FlyingWithoutIngs
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 19 days ago

              Should have added ive burnt my wildcard already.

            2. Steve The Spud
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              2 months, 19 days ago

              Not a lot wrong with that team, might want to change saiss or Mitchell in case Cancelo or James is dropped

              1. FlyingWithoutIngs
                • 3 Years
                2 months, 19 days ago

                Cheers for the advice I’ll see after IB and see who to move on Mitchell probably lost his place to PVA now anyway

            3. PompeyUpNorth!
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 19 days ago

              My main advice is become a member and access all the data especially Captain Sensible etc.then you may climb the league more swiftly.
              Secondly no need to be concerned yet 50-100 behind at this stage is nothing.
              Team is ok by Maypay to Antonio if fit perhaps?

              1. PompeyUpNorth!
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                2 months, 19 days ago

                *maybe Maupay to Antonio if fit

                1. FlyingWithoutIngs
                  • 3 Years
                  2 months, 19 days ago

                  Cheers man, I’ll have a look, any other stats you’d suggest using? Maupay to Antonio already locked in once he’s back so you’ve confirmed my thoughts thanks

                  1. PompeyUpNorth!
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 8 Years
                    2 months, 19 days ago

                    No not really apart from in the members area I do like the Captain Sensible weekly article for members only, with all the stats, plus goals imminent and assist imminent tables at great.. also if you have players you want to compare, you can compare all their stats which is great.. good luck!

          13. Steve The Spud
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            2 months, 19 days ago

            Bamford still out in front in stats and points but villa have the form and fixtures

            So, pick one

            A. Bamford
            B. Watkins

            1. FlyingWithoutIngs
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 19 days ago

              B until gw12 then maybe go to bamford

            2. Fit_to_drop
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 19 days ago

              Really fixtures prob wins it. And Villa are showing they have some resolve after 2 defeats. Watkins (and I own Bford)

            3. HashAttack
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 19 days ago

              Bamford - because I have Grealish

              1. ZimZalabim
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 19 days ago

                This, I think is the key factor in going Bamford over Watkins, Grealish plus Watkins might be overkill.

                Bamford has scored very consistently so far, I have had to change my mind on him as an asset, also I think Leeds will create more chances for Bamford than Villa will for Watkins and Bamford seems to get tons of shots in the box, regardless of fixture. I could be wrong on this in terms of comparing their stats.

                Im not totally decided yet but have shifted towards Bamford over Watkins at the moment.

          14. Atimis
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 19 days ago

            Ideas what to do here:

            Son to Bruno? Keep Robo?

            2FTs, 1.6ITB

            Martinez
            Robo/Reguilon/Chilwell
            Salah/Son/Hamez/Grealish
            Kane/DCL/Bamford

            Martin/Kilman/Mitchell/Stephens

            1. Fit_to_drop
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 19 days ago

              Id just sort Mitchell i think.

              1. Atimis
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 19 days ago

                Not sure about triple Spurs now tho

            2. Fit_to_drop
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 19 days ago

              You could go Son to Ziyech if feeling brave. To reduce your Spurs risk exposure entering a tough fixture run. You still maintain your exposure to them through Kane.

              1. Atimis
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 19 days ago

                Probably would take Bruno, Chelsea will have mixed fixtures now

          15. Stram Dunk
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 19 days ago

            0.1 short for Saiss -> Cancelo...

            1. Fit_to_drop
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 19 days ago

              Cresswell still next best bet IMO. Assuming you have Chelsea.

          16. sirmorbach
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 19 days ago

            Lads, should I use the international break and consider using my WC? What do you suggest for this lot?

            Mendy / Walton
            TAA / Lamptey / KWP / Dallas / Mitchell
            Salah / Son / James Rodríguez / Grealish / Harrison
            Kane / DCL / Bamford

            Names on my list are Ziyech, Werner, JWP, Watkins, + there's City fixtures... what do you say?

            1. Major League Shocker
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 19 days ago

              GW10 is better from a fixture swing perspective, then you can load up on City.

              For this week, just do maybe Son -> Ziyech to get Chelsea if you have a FT.

              1. sirmorbach
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 19 days ago

                That is very helpful indeed, I appreciate it!

          17. Mini-leagues Update after Gameweek 8
            RedLightning - January to M…
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • Has Moderation Rights
            • 10 Years
            2 months, 19 days ago

            Mini-leagues Update after Gameweek 8:

            Da Hao Huang is the new leader of our open-to-all Fantasy Football Scout mini-league (https://fantasy.premierleague.com/leagues/111864/standings/c) (code: 5u05vz) and is now 71st overall. He played his Wildcard in GW2 for a score of 106 and has been in the top thousand since GW3. This is his 12th FPL season, finishing 8,985th in 2015/16. Marcus Jarman, the leader for the previous three Gameweeks, has dropped to fourth.

            Zou Hir leads our FFS Community Members mini-league (https://fantasy.premierleague.com/leagues/584/standings/c) for a second Gameweek but has slipped from 27th to 79th overall and is now only one point ahead of former leader Arya Kothari (88th). This mini-league is open to anyone with an FFS account; the code is shown on the Members home page and in the Scout Leagues widget when signed in.

            Ville Tuominen (Santigold) won again in League 1 of the FFS Head-to-Head leagues (https://www.fantasyfootballscout.co.uk/head-to-head-leagues/) and now leads with 21 points out of a possible 24, three points ahead of Tim Hill, Olavi Oja, Cam Black and Aleksander Vage Nilsen (AleksanderVN). Ville is 123rd in our FFS Career Hall of Fame and is in his 11th FPL season, with five previous top 10k finishes.
            David Stanton (Captain Wales) in League 3 Division 2, Anoop K (League 5 Division 4), Nigel Kendall (League 5 Division 8) and Muhammad Faris (League 5 Division 11) also all won again in GW8 and are the only managers in the top five Leagues to have won all eight of their matches so far.
            The Head-to-Head GW8 results and GW9 fixtures will be included in TopMarx’s next ‘Best of the FFScout Community’ and ‘Complete Guide’ articles.

            The safety score for GW8 in TorresMagic’s Last Man Standing (https://fantasy.premierleague.com/leagues/33020/standings/c) (code: 48n69x) is 51, with 183 more managers eliminated. New joiners must have passed all previous safety scores (https://torresmagic.webs.com/lmsupdate.htm). See also https://www.livefpl.net/LMS for live updates.

            Dan Williams is the new leader of my Top 10k Any Season mini-league (https://fantasy.premierleague.com/leagues/348/standings/c) (code: 8kcvzq) and is 4,273rd overall, one point ahead of last week’s leader Alaa Khaled Mokhtar. This is Dan’s 12th FPL season, with two previous top 6k finishes.

            Killingholme Clay is the new leader in PDM’s Top 1k ANY season mini-league (https://fantasy.premierleague.com/leagues/40728/standings/c) (code: 2agvvx) and is 10,615th overall. Jan Kepski is level with him on points but has made more transfers, and last week’s leader Rich Booth is two points behind in third place. Killingholme has been playing FPL since at least 2006/07, finishing 53rd in 2008/09.

            Benjamin Teo tops Chaballer’s Top 1k Hall of Fame mini-league (https://fantasy.premierleague.com/leagues/74508/standings/c) (code: mr8dyh) for a fourth Gameweek and has now risen to 11,399th overall, three points ahead of Mike Varcoe.

            Beraht Thapa (Americans Talk FPL) is the new leader of the Fantasy Football Scout Network mini-league (https://fantasy.premierleague.com/leagues/693919/standings/c) and is now 41,008th overall, seven points ahead of Mat Williams (Matzi11a). Christos Tsaras Sui (FPL Greece), the leader for the previous four Gameweeks, has dropped to sixth. This is Behrat’s seventh FPL season, his best previous finish being 356k last year.

            Lee Cowen (Granville) is back on top of the FFS Mods & Cons mini-league (https://fantasy.premierleague.com/leagues/581/standings/c), a position he previously held after GW3 and again after GW5, and is now 64,260th overall. Mat Williams (Matzi11a), the leader after Gameweeks 6 and 7, is level with him on points but has made more transfers.

            Linda Parkes is the new leader of my Multiple Top 10k Finishes mini-league (https://fantasy.premierleague.com/leagues/473582/standings/c) (code: 8t42p6) for teams with two or more top 10,000 finishes and is 65,078th overall, two points ahead of Elias Kharma (@FPLMason, last week’s leader) and Antti Leppilampi. Linda is in her tenth FPL season, finishing 891st in 2014/15 and 5,798th in 2015/16.

            Sng Jungyang tops Skooldaze’s FPL Vets 2006 or before mini-league (https://fantasy.premierleague.com/leagues/440874/standings/c) for a fifth Gameweek but has slipped to 87,946th overall.

            2017/18 FPL Champion Yusuf Sheikh tops Simon March’s FPL Champions League (https://fantasy.premierleague.com/leagues/1367/standings/c) for a seventh Gameweek but has slipped to 175k overall.

            Stephen Kearney is the new leader of Greyhead’s The Next Great and The Good mini-league (https://fantasy.premierleague.com/leagues/143783/standings/c) and is up to 5,896th overall after getting seven successive green arrows. Last week’s leader Tom Pemberton has dropped to fourth. This is Stephen’s 12th FPL season, his best previous finish being 12,453rd in 2014/15.

          18. Dynamic Duos
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 19 days ago

            2nd wc draft, thoughts?

            Martinez
            Chillwell PVA Coufal
            Salah KDB Bruno Grealish
            Vardy Watkins Bamford

            Forster Neco Lewis Elneny

            1. Fit_to_drop
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 19 days ago

              All looked good until I read the bench. You need v.g. first sub (Bissouma, Soucek, Riedewald, etc), decent 2nd sub and no-hoper. All 3 of them are no hopers 😉

          19. JURGENAUT
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            2 months, 19 days ago

            McCarthy
            Chilwell / Lamptey / Justin
            Salah / Son / Grealish / Zaha
            Kane / Werner / DCL

            Forster / Saiss / Mitchell / Stephens

            Son & Saiss -> Fernandes & Kilman (-4)?

            Cheers

          20. C_G
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 19 days ago

            Pick one

            A) Kane ---> Werner
            B) Son ---> Ziyech
            C) Podence ---> McGinn

            Rest of team

            Martinez Steer

            Chilwell Zouma Lamptey Justin Mitchell

            Podence Salah JRod Jorginho

            Vardy DCL

          21. Miguel Sanchez
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 19 days ago

            Best three Chelsea players to own?

            1. The Road to Turfdom
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 19 days ago

              Chilwell, Ziyech, Werner

            2. Ze_Austin
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 19 days ago

              Chilwell, Ziyech, Werner

              In that order, due to a mix of reasons