Scout Notes

Ziyech’s FPL ownership and price on the rise as new-look Chelsea find their rhythm

Chelsea 4-1 Sheffield United

  • Goals: Tammy Abraham (£7.2m), Ben Chilwell (£6.0m), Thiago Silva (£5.5m), Timo Werner (£9.4m) | David McGoldrick (£5.3m)
  • Assists: Hakim Ziyech (£8.1m) x2, Mateo Kovacic (£5.3m), N’Golo Kante (£4.9m) | Sander Berge (£5.0m)
  • Bonus: Ziyech x3, Abraham x2, Werner x1

Chelsea came from behind to beat Sheffield United with a performance that ticked many a Fantasy box.

All four of the home side’s goals involved summer signings and the victory underlined the impression that coach Frank Lampard is finally finding the right balance in his team, from Abraham to Ziyech.

Double Bubble

One of Lampard’s key moves has been to find room for both Tammy Abraham (£7.2m) and Timo Werner (£9.4m) in the starting XI.

Saturday’s result meant Chelsea have won three games and drawn one, scoring 14 goals and conceding four, when the duo start together in the league.

Lampard talked about the pair after the midweek win over Rennes in the Champions League in which they also both started (and scored):

When we brought in players in attacking areas we brought in players who are versatile in their nature, Timo playing on the left for instance. The qualities Tammy can bring to the team are never lost on me.

Werner’s ownership has been yo-yoing this season, with the trend upward at present. He’s now in 23.6% of Fantasy Premier League (FPL) squads, with 25,000+ new managers buying into him ahead of the international break.

The 2.2%-owned Abraham remains the differential pick of the two, which is hardly surprising when he’s started just the four games to Werner’s eight in the league this season. But he’s produced  two goals and two assists from those matches.

And the pair’s threat is so strong that Lampard could be tempted to view them both, and not just Werner, as nailed-on starters.

Midfield Merriment

Maximum bonus points and a double-digit haul went to Hakim Ziyech (£8.1m) – for the second straight Gameweek.

He’s now amassed 25 points from his first two starts in the league and his ownership is ballooning.

He went from 114,819 to 624,213 FPL managers on the strength of his goal and assist against Burnley in Gameweek 7 and he’s already top of the transfers in for Gameweek 9 thanks to his brace of assists against Sheffield United.

Small wonder that Lampard was gushing in his post-match praise:

He exudes confidences in how much he wants to receive the ball and be the important player. He also has great work ethic so he is a complete player. He’s been a big plus and I expect there is a lot more to come from him.

It’s only been two full games, but there’s a strong sense that it is Ziyech, and not the self-isolating Kai Havertz (£8.3m), who could be the key player when it comes to Lampard finding the right balance in his team:

The balance of the team felt great. There were so many good things in what we were creating, we scored two goals from set pieces. I don’t want to get too carried away but I’m happy.

Not getting carried away should be the theme for FPL bosses as well because Chelsea’s next six matches are probably not as easy as they might appear on FPL’s Fixture Difficulty Rating.

A Gameweek 10 visit from Spurs and games against an obdurate Wolves and this season’s surprise package West Ham all look tricky, but Ziyech is making an incredibly strong case for inclusion anyway.

Defenders On The Attack

The second most-bought defender ahead of Gameweek 8 was Chilwell, who scored his second goal in three home matches.

That appeased the 324,298 new owners who were hoping for a fourth clean sheet in the last five league fixtures from Chelsea.

Considerably fewer managers enjoyed Thiago Silva‘s (£5.5m) first attacking return for the Blues, but those goals underlined the potency of Lampard’s defenders.

The most popular defensive transfer for the Gameweek was Kurt Zouma (£5.3m), who was brought in by more than half a million managers on the back of the Blues’ new-found defensive stability and the centre-half’s three goals this season.

Thanks to Silva’s strike, all four of Lampard’s regular backline have now scored.

Zouma leads the way for goals among defenders and Chilwell is second (he also has two assists), while Reece James (£5.0m) is the other to have found the net, with an assist to his name from his six starts as well.

Small wonder that three of that back four are now in the top 10 for both points and ownership among FPL defenders, with Thiago (3.1%) the only outlier (and differential).

Sheffield Of Bad Dreams

One point from eight matches, just four goals scored and zero clean sheets kept, the Blades are the bluntest of weapons at the moment.

Manager Chris Wilder was as honest as ever with his assessment of his team:

At times my teams are naive. It’s irrelevant. We have given away some poor goals. I think we have to look at ourselves.

It’s fair to say few Fantasy managers are looking at his players.

David McGoldrick‘s (£5.3m) second strike of the season meant he’s now been involved in half of the side’s goals.

But his strike partner, and the Blades’ most popular asset in FPL, Rhian Brewster (£4.5m and 6.7%), had a wretched time of it at Stamford Bridge.

Brewster’s undoubted promise, and cheap price tag, has persuaded a decent chunk of FPL managers to have him as their third striker.

Based on his complete non-involvement on Saturday, even at £4.5m he’s a waste of money.

As for the Blades as a team, the 431 shots they conceded last season was bettered by only seven teams. This year’s total – 120 – is the league’s second worst.

Never a team to create many chances, unless they can sort out their defensive issues, their players will remain a major Fantasy no-no.


Chelsea XI (4-3-2-1): Mendy; James, Zouma, Silva, Chilwell; Kante, Kovacic (Jorginho 71′), Mount; Werner (Giroud 87′), Ziyech; Abraham. 

Sheffield United XI (4-4-2): Ramsdale; Baldock, Stevens, Basham, Egan; Lundstram, Berge, Lowe, Norwood (Osborn 62′); McGoldrick, Brewster (McBurnie 63′).

Lessons Learned from FPL Gameweek 8

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  1. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 22 days ago

    This Bruno or Vardy on WC dilemma is absolutely killing me... Might be one of the toughest decisions I've made all season.

    While I think Bruno seems the better pick, Vardy would be a part of a 343 and Bruno 352 and i feel 343 might be the way to go with so much value up top with cheap strikers. 0.4 price difference between them as well to make things harder.

    Keep switching between the two but atleast I have time to think about it

    1. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 22 days ago

      Sorry for top 😛

      1. FPL.team
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 22 days ago

        Why do people always apologises for this?

    2. Pukki Blinders
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 22 days ago

      Easy decision for me, Bruno

    3. No Professionals
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 22 days ago

      vardy's stats haven't been great, but he's raked the points in despite that. i've got him and happy to keep (would have been a great pick but for that second penalty).

      1. CFC1990
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 22 days ago

        Happens all the time with Vardy. Always seems to defy the stats

      2. tafrère
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 22 days ago

        With Vardy you don't look at stats nor fixtures. He's a FPL weirdo.

    4. CFC1990
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 22 days ago

      I am probably about to activate the WC today. Every season I am seem to do it on the second International break.

      Consistency!!

      I am thinking Fernandes too for the same reasons. I am thinking two 6m strikers with DCL so will still go 3-4-3

    5. thegaffer82
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 22 days ago

      You're never gunna get the definite answer you're looking for as none of us has a crystal ball.

      But, Utd are the better side (current form notwithstanding), Bruno has more ways to score points with more assists, an extra point for goals and even cleanie points.

      So, I'd do the 3-5-2 with Bruno personally. You can thank or chastise me later when we see how it plays out

    6. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 22 days ago

      It's easy. Bruno.

    7. Ze_Austin
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 22 days ago

      When stuck between forwards and mids in FPL who look like a coin toss, I go with midfielders. Because the game is skewed to give them more points. It might not work out short term, but it's been proven this way on the long haul. Again and again. For three seasons now

    8. The Mandalorian
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 22 days ago

      Bruno will be the top scorer in FPL. He has amassed points when United were rubbish. His away record is second to none. United are ready to bounce now.
      I can have Ziyech, Vardy and KDB or Bruno, KDB and a cheap striker. The first option gives me more flexibility with strikers upto 10.1m. Having Bruno means I'm trapped by low priced strikers under 7.7m. If Bruno output drops like it did after the break then its a problem.

    9. The Mandalorian
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 22 days ago

      3 4 3 seems the best formation right now. When I switched to 3 5 2 my rank dropped from 350k to 1.2m.

    10. farmerfat
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 22 days ago

      If I had to chose only 1, would be Bruno all day.

  2. No Professionals
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 22 days ago

    united are the elephant in the room for the next GW.

    kinda been set on getting bruno or rashford for captaincy. but Ziyech is probably the better move overall, chelsea are looking very impressive and ziyech looks pivotal?

    1. No Professionals
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 22 days ago

      also think Salah is a better captaincy choice than the united guys.

    2. kime67
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 22 days ago

      You have to go with utd now i think. Could be late to ziyech party, fixtures not amazing. Im in the same boat and going with fernandes (c).

      1. tafrère
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 22 days ago

        Late when he's just been scoring for 2 weeks only lol ?

    3. kime67
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 22 days ago

      why do you think salah is the better captain pick? salah never really does that well against teams with back 5

      1. No Professionals
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 22 days ago

        plays for a far better team who are much less likely to have a shocker.

    4. thegaffer82
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 22 days ago

      Bruno is probably the best captain choice ON PAPER this coming GW.

      He's just such a threat all the time from set pieces, assists, and goals from open play. He's a BAP magnet too

    5. kime67
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 22 days ago

      yeah bruno by far the best captain pick imo

  3. kime67
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 22 days ago

    Last season i was stubborn with sterling, id like to be that with trent but i see the similarities, its just not working out. He simply has to go. trent and barnes to 5.3 or under def (who?) and fernandes.

    1. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 22 days ago

      5.3 damn.. just short of Cancelo

      What's your team like?

    2. kime67
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 22 days ago

      yeah i know, cancelo would be nice, but its not happening.
      mccarthy button
      trent chilwell ayling taylor mitchell
      salah son grealish barnes bissouma
      dcl kane wilson 1.5 itb

    3. Pukki Blinders
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 22 days ago

      Consider Bellerin maybe

    4. ritzyd
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 22 days ago

      TAA getting injured gives me a good excuse to get rid now irrelevent of whether he recovers or not! 😀

    5. kime67
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 22 days ago

      after yesterdays horror show i cant believe you are suggesting hector bellerin.

    6. Ze_Austin
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 22 days ago

      Crash the spot with your transfer now (all the way down to Kilman or 3.9) and get Fernandes this GW. One of your other defenders to Cancelo next GW

      If you can get Coufal + Bruno this GW, then Cancelo from another defender next GW, even better

    7. kime67
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 22 days ago

      that could be good yeah

  4. JollyGoodYellows
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 22 days ago

    What would you do with this lot? Plan to WC around GW10/11. 2FTS and 2.8itb

    Mccarthy (Button)
    Zouma Holding Konsa (Justin Mitchell)
    Salah JRod Son Soucek (Bissouma)
    DCL Werner Kane

  5. Iceball
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 22 days ago

    Son and Foden to Ziyech and Grealish?
    (Also have Sterling and Salah)
    Enough money to do Saiss to Cancelo the week after (can play Lamptey this week)

    1. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 22 days ago

      Brilliant moves imo

    2. Ze_Austin
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 22 days ago

      Yes.

  6. Matsy123
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 22 days ago

    Who to leave out of the big three in midfield salah bruno kdb?

    1. Pukki Blinders
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 22 days ago

      Have em all... Bruno if I had to choose

      1. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 22 days ago

        This

      2. Matsy123
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 22 days ago

        I would love all three but if I dropped one I could have the other two with ziyech and grealish in midfield

        1. Pukki Blinders
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 22 days ago

          That’s no problem, I have all 3 and Grealish + Ziyech

    2. Ha.
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 22 days ago

      I’m going without KDB this week, but will sacrifice Bruno if he needs to come in

  7. Robson-Canoe
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 22 days ago

    Is Kane to Vardy for a hit due to upcoming fixtures absolute madness?

    1. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 22 days ago

      It is this GW

    2. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 22 days ago

      Do it GW10 for free

    3. antis0cial
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 22 days ago

      Wait a week

  8. Pukki Blinders
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 22 days ago

    Think we need to put in Leicester’s 8 penalties in 8 games into perspective... those numbers will not be sustainable therefore severely hindering Vardy’s output.

    From open play Vardy does not justify anywhere near his 10.0m pricetag

    1. Arfaish
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 22 days ago

      Hmm interesting, we also said Villa's output isnt sustainable but look where we are. Its a good point though

      1. Pukki Blinders
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 22 days ago

        Villa’s output isn’t based on pens though

    2. tafrère
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 22 days ago

      Lol here we go.

      1. Pukki Blinders
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 22 days ago

        Can’t handle facts?

        1. tafrère
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 22 days ago

          He's been scoring 20+ goals every season for years. Now this is a fact.

          1. Pukki Blinders
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 22 days ago

            He has 8 after 8 GWs. Is bound to slow down... won’t have 38 goals end of season at his ripe old age

            1. tafrère
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 22 days ago

              Of course he won't. But you don't expect him to score 38, if you would, his price will be £14m. And you don't want him for 38 gameweeks either. But at the right time he's always a good option. And GW10-13 feels like the right time for a lot of us.

              1. Pukki Blinders
                • 1 Year
                3 months, 22 days ago

                That’s fair, definitely an option short term for the next few fixtures but after that I don’t see much value in having him

                1. tafrère
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  3 months, 22 days ago

                  Kane is the only premium striker to own long term. You could even make a case for going without any premium striker at all considering all the prospects in midfield.

    3. Karan14
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 22 days ago

      Vardy has the 2nd highest non penalty xg over the last 4 matches amongst all mids & fwds.

      1. Pukki Blinders
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 22 days ago

        The leeds battering certainly propped that number up

        1. Karan14
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 22 days ago

          Can say the same thing after Leicester batter Fulham, Sheffield & Brighton. There's no denying he's a good option just have to play the fixtures.

    4. The Mandalorian
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 22 days ago

      LEI is built around Vardy, they need his goals and will find a way to help him get them.

  9. Puntillimon
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 22 days ago

    On WC. This gtg?

    Martinez Forster
    Chilwell robbo cancelo soucek cresswell
    Jota salah grealish soucek ziyech
    Watkins DCL werner

    2.0ITB

    1. Puntillimon
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 22 days ago

      Second soucek is coufal lol.

      1. Arfaish
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 22 days ago

        Not sure why you have £2m itb? On WC i would want at least one of KDB or Bruno for either Jota or Soucek. Would probably need Robbo downgrade to fund it

    2. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 22 days ago

      What the... who would you bench each GW?

      1. Puntillimon
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 22 days ago

        Fixtures!

        1. Miguel Sanchez
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 22 days ago

          Even so - can see plenty of weeks there with 20+ points on the bench. Not sure why you'd do that to yourself. Looks a great BB squad though if you upgrade Forster.

          1. Puntillimon
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 22 days ago

            If I upgrade Forster, would it not be an even worse headache? I’m putting jota there for price rise only, will switch for jrod closer to the date.

            1. Miguel Sanchez
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 22 days ago

              Just a flippant reamrk about it looking like a decent BB squad.

              I would start with Forster Bissouma/Brewster and a 4.0 ish defender and work your way from there. At best you only ever want one 50/50 call on your bench. Saw a few benching Watkins this week cause of the fixture.

              1. Puntillimon
                • 5 Years
                3 months, 22 days ago

                You’re right, I personally benched 9 pointer KWP. But my consideration with bench was soucek who got 9 points too. I think we can plan all we want but we’re gonna leave points on the Bench no matter what. Why not go with a strong 15 and go with fixtures, come what may? They are prob more prone to price rises too

    3. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 22 days ago

      What's that 2.0m ITB for?

      Definitely get KdB on WC ahead of GW10.

      I hate the defense. It's way too expensive.

      If I was on WC my defense would be Chilwell, Cancelo, Lamptey, Coufal, 3.9m fodder.

      1. Puntillimon
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 22 days ago

        Jota is currently there merely for price rise. I’m on +0.1 and may ship for jrod before the deadline.
        Yeah if I downgrade 2 premium def I can definitely get kdb in.. for who though? Needs a rethink on my end.

        I hear you regarding your preference, but lamptey’s fixtures aren’t great, I like cresswell more. Will consider robbo down to fodder

    4. Pukki Blinders
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 22 days ago

      Cannot deal with that team, need to have a bench not a starting 15

      1. Puntillimon
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 22 days ago

        On the flip side, considering I would have no more wildcard till GW 20, this buffers me from having to take hits?

        1. Pukki Blinders
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 22 days ago

          That’s a pessimistic way to play fpl imo. There’s lots of value wasted on the bench that could be used to better your starting 11

    5. John Nerdelbaum
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 22 days ago

      Double West Ham defence?
      What's the plan for City?

      1. Puntillimon
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 22 days ago

        Cancelo is the only plan.. Werner to Jesus or aguero down the line, have to confess no plan for kdb with the current set up

  10. just a man
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 22 days ago

    Thoughts on:

    • Son + Soucek to J-Rod + Grealish.

    Won't action until Internationals are out of the way.

    Would leave me without any Spurs, probably until Xmas (or WC, whichever comes first).

    1. Ha.
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 22 days ago

      You must be missing a premium or two to have two midfied slots at that price?

  11. Wayne Enterprises
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 22 days ago

    Worth transferring Rashford & Son for Ziyech & Bruno for a -4?
    Front 8 is currently
    Salah Rodriguez Rashford Son Grealish

    Kane DCL Brewster

    1. jamesjoseph2770
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 22 days ago

      Looks very good.

  12. DF Team
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 22 days ago

    On WC, is it better:

    a) Chilwell + Mings + Son
    b) Zouma + 4.3 + KDB

    1. Puntillimon
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 22 days ago

      B

  13. jamesjoseph2770
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 22 days ago

    Is Ziyech playing suing IB?

    1. jamesjoseph2770
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 22 days ago

      During**

  14. Ha.
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 22 days ago

    Wilson replacement

    A. Bamford
    B. Watkins
    C. Antonio

    1. Pukki Blinders
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 22 days ago

      D

      1. Ha.
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 22 days ago

        HTTP 404

    2. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 22 days ago

      Between B and C for me

      1. Ha.
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 22 days ago

        I’m leaning Antonio. Not sure I want two Villa attackers with Grealish as well.

        I’ve tried to ignore Bamford so far, but he’s remarkably consistent. But it has to dry up soon, right?!

        1. Miguel Sanchez
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 22 days ago

          That's my hope but his stats are very impressive. Not sure I fully trust Antonio's fitness now and even though I have Grealish I may double up with Watkins this GW.

          1. Ha.
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 22 days ago

            I guess their fixtures are good...

    3. Karan14
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 22 days ago

      Between A or C for me.

    4. Phlajo
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 22 days ago

      B because of their fixtures. Even with Grealish double up I think it's worth it.

      Antonio is a wait and see for me. If he's fit, I'm probably getting him in for DCL in a few GWs

      1. Ha.
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 22 days ago

        DCL> Antonio for GW12 could be the move. And getting Watkins now (Grealish has to assist someone!)

        1. Phlajo
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 22 days ago

          Exactly my plan, which obviously could change 🙂

  15. liverpool01
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 22 days ago

    Mccarthy
    Taa, Pva, Taylor, Lascelles
    Bissouma, Son, Zaha, Salah, Grealish
    Jimenez

    Button, Justin, Davis Ings

    1 FT 3.3 ITB

    A)Son> Bruno (C)
    B)Ings> Dcl (C)

    Will Wildcard GW10 and get Son back

    A or B guys?

  16. focaccia
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 22 days ago

    Planning on playing my WC in gw10 - unsure of what to do this week though. Keen to get Ziyech in but already have 3 Chelsea players. Also thoughts on selling Son?

    Martinez
    Zouma - Chilwell - Justin - Walker Peters
    Salah - Sterling - Son - Zaha
    DCL - Werner (Brewster)

    Any advice much appreciated!

    1. Puntillimon
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 22 days ago

      Just got a Hail Mary this week before you wildcard, perhaps Son for jrod against Fulham?

      1. Puntillimon
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 22 days ago

        Just for*

  17. Knallie
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 22 days ago

    Quite happy with this. Would you change anything?

    Martinez / Peacock-Farrel
    Chillwell / Justin / Lamptey / Vestergaard / Kilman
    Salah / KDB / Bruno / Ziyech / Romeu
    Kane / Bamford / Watkins
    0.3 ITB

    1. Knallie
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 22 days ago

      Thinking about Chillwell + Lamptey to Zouma + Cancelo GW10 possibly

  18. thegaffer82
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 22 days ago

    I know what the article is saying regarding Brewster being a poor option even at 4.5. But, I can't agree at all.

    It's not like any of us will actually be playing him (for a while). So he's got plenty of time to bed into his new team and SHU have got plenty of time to get their s**t together.

    At the end of the day he's only competing with other 4.5 options. So, who exactly is so much better at that price? Bissouma is okay I suppose, but still likely to get you a 2pter if called upon.

    Brewster might end up with between 5-10 goals once the season is done just through being a playing striker with an eye for goal (even playing in a poor attacking side).

    1. Slitherene
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 22 days ago

      I was considering the same before I tweaked my team to fit in Berge.

  19. dbeck
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 22 days ago

    horrible score of 44 this week, 1ft, 1.8itb, would you WC this?

    Mendy Button
    bellerin KWP Dallas Saiss Mitchell
    Mo Sterling Son Grealish Lookman
    DCL Werner Brewster

    Or does Son and Saiss to Dias and Bruno sort it all out?

    1. Puntillimon
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 22 days ago

      Cancelo and Bruno sounds good

  20. Slitherene
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 22 days ago

    Finally settled on this WC team.

    Martinez - Forster
    PvA - Lamptey - Taylor
    KdB - Salah - Bruno - Berge
    Werner - Richarlison - Watkins
    Soucek - Justin - Lewis

    1.3 ITB for Vardy in GW 10

    Rip it apart?

    1. dbeck
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 22 days ago

      Why Sander Berge?

      1. Slitherene
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 22 days ago

        On Penalties, passes the eye test, rotates well with Soucek & Lewis.

    2. thegaffer82
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 22 days ago

      Big nope on Berge for me.

      He's a good player IRL, but best to avoid in fantasy.

      Get Brewster and do everything you can to get Grealish for Berge imo.

      Honest to god, Grealish would be 1st name on my WC team (form, price and fixtures)

      1. Slitherene
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 22 days ago

        I have 2 options

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

        Which one would you go for?

    3. ZimZalabim
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 22 days ago

      I dont really like ur def tbh taylor has pretty bad fixtures Pva after the next 3 the same I would want a west ham def in there for sure and I think chilwell is def one to own at the moment.

      Midfield is solid trio I forgot to add Kdb in my confirmed picks below, I dont like berge either but we all need enablers and hes probably as good an option as soucek considering berge has pens.

      Strikers are solid I am also considering getting in an everton striker and swapping to Vardy but I have bad memories of last year where I planned to get Vardy then decided to get wilson for 2 weeks as he had amazing fixtures and would then switch to vardy, even captained Wilson and he blanked both games and I think Vardy got like 2 or 3 goals and went up 0.3 in price. I think if u are going for an Everton pick you shd just get DCL and 1 fixture shdn't be as brutal as it was for me last year if it goes wrong.

      1. Slitherene
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 22 days ago

        PvA to Robbo in GW 12, Justin to Ayling in GW 13 probably.
        I'll always have minimum 3 defenders playing week in week out (easy fixtures on paper) with this setup. Try making a spreadsheet and you'll know..

        DC-L for Richarlison will always be an option as they are the same price now.

    4. Zilla
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 22 days ago

      I like it tbh

  21. ZimZalabim
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 22 days ago

    all Wildcards lets discuss what options we have.

    who are your essential picks that are set in your team ?

    who are the options you are trying to fit in and what combinations are you looking at?

    For me I haven't finalised my formation as yet and I am also struggling with the Vardy or Bruno debate.

    My essentials (confirmed picks I shd say) are Salah, Grealish and Ziyech in midfield and Chilwell and Coufal in defence

    one of Watkins/Bamford one of Vardy/Bruno one of Cancelo/Bellerin and I would like either Antonio or Soucek

    What are you guys looking at currently ?

    1. Puntillimon
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 22 days ago

      If I had to choose, my priorities would be:
      Salah
      Grealish
      Watkins
      Cresswell
      Chilwell

    2. Slitherene
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 22 days ago

      See above

    3. Pukki Blinders
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 22 days ago

      Grealish and Salah are locks for me

      Want a midfield of Salah KDB Bruno Ziyech Grealish, but would mean no Chilwell in defence

      1. ZimZalabim
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 22 days ago

        with trent out cant u afford it now ? That seems like the ultimate Power 5 midfield on WC but means no vardy and 6m strikers for me, might just abt be able to push up to DCL tho

        what strikers are u looking at ?

        1. Pukki Blinders
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 22 days ago

          I’ll have DCL and likely Antonio/Watkins. My TV is very poor so I’m surprised I’m able to fit all this in.

          DCL I’ve had from gw1 at 7.0 so makes it a bit easier

      2. Phlajo
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 22 days ago

        I'm on WC and settled on this exact mid, including:
        Martines GK
        Chilwell + Bellerin + 4.5 + 4.5 def
        DCL + Watins in front

        1. Pukki Blinders
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 22 days ago

          Still on Bellerin after their 0-3 battering to Villa?

        2. ZimZalabim
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 22 days ago

          I think that team will settle into the template WC team at least for 3-5-2 formation

          with trent likely out for a few weeks the defence looks better and allows Chilwell

          I think if Antonio is fit then he comes in for watkins and probably locks this team in for me as well.

    4. CFC1990
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 22 days ago

      Salah, Grealish, KDB, Watkins, DCL (for now), Chilwell

      3-4-3 probably.

    5. ZimZalabim
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 22 days ago

      so it seems most of us are set on

      Salah, Kdb, Grealish in midfield
      and
      Chilwell and a West ham def
      and
      most likely Watkins as the 6m striker option

  22. Kante Touch This
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 22 days ago

    Ziyech has 2 AFCON qualifying games for Monaco during the international break. He started the season late due to injury. Theres no doubt I'm bringing him in, but unsure about timing.

    My plan is to move TAA and Foden to Ziyech and Digne (or alternative)

    Digne - not fully convinced yet due to his fixtures after GW11, but would be a great short term option with FUL, LEE and BUR as his next 3

    Do I wait until after these international fixtures and lose out on the price rise, or go in early before he goes up again?

    1. thegaffer82
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 22 days ago

      Monaco are an international side? Ziyech is from Monaco?

      Well I never 🙂

      1. Kante Touch This
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 22 days ago

        Haha! Massive typo there!

    2. dbeck
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 22 days ago

      wait, if you are not fully convinced on Digne, there are plenty of good cheaper options you can reach if priced out. Cancelo springs to mind

      1. Kante Touch This
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 22 days ago

        My other option is to leave TAA and go straight with Zaha and Maupay to Ziyech and Watkins

        Zaha has great fixtures though so will find it hard selling him

  23. Traction Engine Foot
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 22 days ago

    How's this wc team?

    Mendy
    Chilwell, PVA, Coufal
    Bruno, Salah, Grealish, Ziyech
    Watkins, Vardy, DCL

    Martin, Reidewald, Cancelo, Justin

    1. dbeck
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 22 days ago

      excellent

      1. Traction Engine Foot
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 22 days ago

        Cheers. Should I ditch Justin?

    2. Pukki Blinders
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 22 days ago

      No City is madness imo... have you seen their fixtures

      1. Traction Engine Foot
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 22 days ago

        Got Cancelo, their attack doesn't inspire me yet.

        1. Puntillimon
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 22 days ago

          I’m with you

      2. dbeck
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 22 days ago

        Cancelo is in there

    3. Slitherene
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 22 days ago

      Chelsea fan?

      1. Traction Engine Foot
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 22 days ago

        Nope. Am unsure on the defensive double up

    4. Phlajo
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 22 days ago

      Looks great.. Personally I'd get KdB over Vardy though

  24. Dexters Laboratory
      3 months, 22 days ago

      GW9 Kane & Foden to Watkins/Antonio & Bruno (-4)
      GW10 Son & Semendo to KDB & Coufal (-4)

      1. Dexters Laboratory
          3 months, 22 days ago

          Leaves me with

          Martinez Forster
          RJames Zouma Coufal Lamptey Mitchell
          Salah Rashford Bruno KDB Bruno
          DCL Watkins/Antonio Brewster

          1. ZakyJ
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 22 days ago

            you have Bruno twice? no Chelsea forwards?

          2. Camzy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            3 months, 22 days ago

            It's Grealish over the 2nd Bruno right?

            Looks pretty sound to me.

            Btw it's Semedo not Semendo. Seems we have a similar idea on how to remove him.

      2. antis0cial
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 22 days ago

        TAA/Son to Bruno/Lamptey and then Hamez to KDB after next gw sound moves? Any better suggestions? 2.5itb

        Current team below

        Martinez
        TAA* Zouma Coufal
        Salah Son Hamez Grealish Barkley
        Kane DCL

        Brewster Ayling Mitchell

      3. 1912 F.A Cup Winners
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 22 days ago

        Bit of advice here moving forward would be lovely... best option out of these??
        A- Vardy and Grealish
        Or
        B- Sterling/KDB(if so which one)and Watkins
        Thankyou folks!!

      4. ZakyJ
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 22 days ago

        So what are people who own Son and Kane doing now with change in fixtures?

        Im thinking a swap for Werner & KDB but over 2 weeks as dont want the -4

        1. Puntillimon
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 22 days ago

          Werner for Newcastle, kdb for GW 10

          1. ZakyJ
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 22 days ago

            or leave both of them in and take the following -4 getting chelsea player in:

            Robbo & Podence > Cancelo & Ziyech

            ?

        2. GreennRed
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 22 days ago

          Keeping them. More than capable of scoring v teams who have conceded v lesser opposition than Spurs. Chelsea look like team that can cause them most problems.

      5. Pep Roulette
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 22 days ago

        Podence.

        A. Keep for Soton

        B. Sell for Barkley for -4

        1. Camzy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 22 days ago

          A definitely.

        2. mikess
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 22 days ago

          A

        3. Pep Roulette
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 22 days ago

          Cheers fam

      6. Ze_Austin
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 22 days ago

        It just occurred to me that I can get double City defence with KDB by GW10, giving this:

        Mart Steer
        Chilwell Cancelo Dias Vestergaard Coufal
        Salah KDB Bruno Ziyech Grealish
        DCL Bamford Brewster

        The transfers:
        GW9: Kane to DCL for free
        GW10: Son + Kilman to KDB + Dias (-4)

        Coufal and Vest on bench duty most of the time anyway

        Too much on the bench? Too much City?

        Yay or nay?

        1. mikess
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 22 days ago

          Looks lovely

      7. mikess
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 22 days ago

        I've got my eggs in one basket, double Liverpool in midfield...Mane and Salah.

        Would you keep Mane for this week or move him on to get the likes of Fernandes/Ziyech?

        Historically he's got a good record vs Leicester

        1. Ze_Austin
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 22 days ago

          The issue with owning both Pool mids is that they're very likely to be among top 3 for FPL points by the end of the season, repeatedly, until Liverpool's performances fall off a cliff or they have injuries

          There's never really a justification for selling one of them. But if you have an opportunity to spread the funds, take the leap. Accept the funds and different cap choice as your reason. Has to be for top talents like Bruno, City boys and Ziyech, yes. Makes an impending Mane explosion easier to swallow

          1. mikess
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            3 months, 22 days ago

            Put the reasoning right in my mouth