Scout Notes

Watkins making strong case for Villa double-up with in-form Grealish

Arsenal 0-3 Aston Villa

  • Goals: Ollie Watkins x2 (£6.0m)
  • Own goals: Bukayo Saka (£5.3m)
  • Assists: Matt Targett (£4.5m), Ross Barkley (£6.0m), Jack Grealish (£7.4m)
  • Bonus points: Watkins x3, Targett x2, Barkley x1

THE GREAL DEAL

Jack Grealish (£7.5m) has firmly established himself in the current template for success among Fantasy Premier League managers after yet another attacking return against Arsenal.

Following a Gameweek 8 assist, the Aston Villa midfielder has involved himself in 10 of his team’s 18 goals this season (55.6%) and averaged 8.6 points per game in 2020/21.

The England international does not look like letting up either, running the show in Villa’s impressive 3-0 win at Arsenal, who came into Sunday evening’s clash with the Premier League’s best defensive record.

As is usually the case with this all-action midfield asset, Grealish could easily have left the Emirates Stadium with a third double-figure haul of the season as he assisted a John McGinn (£5.5m) goal ruled out for offside against Ross Barkley (£6.0m) in the first period before seeing his second-half penalty box effort cleared off the line by Kieran Tierney (£5.4m).

Unsurprisingly, Fantasy managers are taking note of Grealish’s excellent displays, and ability to convert them into points, increasing the pressure on non-owners.

He came into Gameweek 8 in 57.9% of squads inside the top 10,000 worldwide rankings, only Son Heung-min (87.1%), Harry Kane (86.7%) and Mohamed Salah (65.3%) owned by more at that level.

With Brighton (home), West Ham (away), Newcastle (home), Wolves (away), Burnley (home), West Bromwich Albion (away) and Crystal Palace (home) the next seven teams to face Aston Villa, it is certainly not too late to exploit Grealish’s favourable form and fixtures, his price already rising to £7.5m as of Tuesday morning.

1.21 GIGA-WATS

The kind nature of Aston Villa’s fixtures, as well as their ability to score goals, certainly justifies anyone looking at a double-up on their attacking assets.

Even better, there is a seriously viable candidate to join Grealish in our squads right now, Ollie Watkins (£6.1m) registering a 13-point haul at Arsenal thanks to a brace and maximum bonus.

Those goals took the former Exeter City and Brentford forward to seven attacking returns for the season, all of them coming in Villa’s last five matches, an average of 8.6 points per game.

Crucially, the timing of Watkins’ form and fixtures could be perfect for anyone in need of replacing Callum Wilson (£6.6m), should his hamstring injury prove to be a long-term one. We are likely to find out more about it on the other side of the international break.

And while Bamford may be one to consider as another alternative Wilson replacement, Watkins might even find himself as the go-to option for anyone concerned about Leeds’ fixtures, as they face Arsenal (home), Everton (away), Chelsea (away) and West Ham (home) in the next four. Over the last four Gameweeks, Bamford has scored 28 points to Watkins’ 24, so the two players are largely tracking at the same level of output but the latter has better fixtures by far.

BARK AND BITE

Watkins is not the only kindly-priced option to pair with Grealish though, as Barkley added his third attacking return of the last five Gameweeks against Arsenal.

During that time, he has averaged 5.8 points per game and, ahead of Gameweek 9, he was pushed into a more advanced role against Arsenal.

Dean Smith has mostly favoured 4-3-3 since the turn of the year as he sought to shore up last season’s defensive problems.

However, in recent weeks the Villa manager has begun lining his troops up in more of a 4-2-3-1, asking McGinn and Douglas Luiz (£4.9m) to sit slightly deeper and affording Barkley a number 10 role.

SAFE HANDS?

A first clean sheet since Gameweek 5 was welcome news for the 26.8% invested in Emiliano Martínez (£4.8m) although Villa’s clean sheet potential for their kind run of fixtures is still arguably up in the air.

Smith’s men were fortunate not to concede at Arsenal, Alexandre Lacazette (£8.4m) spurning a golden chance at the back post, which he headed over in the first half.

Then, in the second half, Rob Holding (£4.4m) was afforded too much time to get on the end of Gabriel‘s (£5.1m) cross. Had offensive players been given the chance to attack that space, they might well have scored.

Remember, of course, Villa’s upcoming opponents Brighton have blanked in just one match this season and West Ham have found the net against Liverpool, Manchester City and Spurs.

Arsenal XI (3-4-2-1): Leno; Tierney, Gabriel, Holding; Saka, Elneny, Partey (Ceballos 46′), Bellerín; Aubameyang, Willian (Pépé 65′); Lacazette (Nketiah 65′).

Aston Villa XI (4-2-3-1): Martínez; Targett, Mings, Konsa, Cash; McGinn, D Luiz; Grealish, Barkley, Trézéguet (El Ghazi 88′); Watkins.

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  1. TorresMagic™
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • Has Moderation Rights
    • 11 Years
    2 months, 7 days ago

    Last Man Standing (2654 through to GW9)

    Scores needed after hits for GWs 1-8 are 39,34,29,32,51,34,41 and 51.
    Code is 48n69x

    https://www.fantasyfootballscout.co.uk/2020/08/28/the-last-man-standing-competition-2020-2021/

    1. Patio Kev
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      This is my year 🙂

  2. Bennyboy1907
      2 months, 7 days ago

      Martinez (Forster)
      Robbo Chillwell Lamptey (Saiss, Mitchell)
      Salah Son Grealish Zaha (Bissouma)
      Kane DCL Bamford

      Have 2FT and 1.1Mil ITB

      Saiss >>> Coufal
      Son >>> Bruno

      What to do?

      1. Pukkipartyy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 7 days ago

        Perfect moves.

    • Pukkipartyy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 7 days ago

      What player ur most "Scared" of?

      For me gotta be Bruno or Bambam.
      Pretty highly owned in my MLs and when these team score u just allways knew who is it...

      1. Nomar
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 7 days ago

        Bruno and Vardy.

        Which is why I’ve played my WC this week and bought both of them.

        Feel much happier now knowing those two aren’t going to burn me every weekend now!

        1. Pukkipartyy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 7 days ago

          Yeah...i forgot Vardy seems getting penalty every game....

      2. FPL_Motty
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        2 months, 7 days ago

        Not that scared of Bamford yet - I'm still not convinced, everyone saying he's improved from the champs, but in reality despite having many many Big chances he is still missing them at a similar rate to how many he missed in the champs? He will score, and be a very option at 6m, but he wont score hatricks every week. More than enough cover in the rest of the team to cover any points scored by him. The ones you really want to be scared of are Bruno / Any of the city attack when they explode

      3. Pukki Blinders
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 7 days ago

        Grealish at the top of that list

      4. Brosstan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 7 days ago

        DCL :/

    • wulfranian
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      Too many options ans picks but i would appreciate your help here.

      McCarthy
      Pva/Targett/James
      Son/Grealish/Salah/Trossard*
      Kane/Werner/Dcl

      Steer McCarthy/Coufal/Douglas
      1ft 1.3itb

      a)Son->Fernandes/Ziyech
      b)Son+Kane->Fernandes/Ziyech+Vardy/Jesus/Antonio
      c)Trossard+Kane->Rashford/Ziyech+Antonio/Jesus
      d)Trossard+Son->Ziyech+Rodriguez

      1. King Kohli
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 7 days ago

        B with Bruno Vardy

        1. Bojam
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 7 days ago

          Yep, probably agree with this. What are your plans for City players from GW10? KDB/Sterling coming in?

          1. wulfranian
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 7 days ago

            cheers both.I want to watch Tottenham-Man City first and then to decide which Man City players i want.The problem is if do the b option i can only bring in Jesus for Werner and keep Trossard for Liverpool.

    • Bojam
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      Hi Guys, £1.0m ITB and 2 FT...

      Martinez; Forster
      Robbo; Chilwell; Coufal; Lamptey; Mitchell
      Salah; Son; Grealish; Rodriguez; Soucek
      Kane; DCL; Watkins

      Rank currently 774K. Big green arrows in last two weeks after a very slow start.

      Any suggestions on what to do over the IB? Thinking to use one FT and save the other so that I have 2 FT for GW10, when I'll probably be looking to bring in City players.

      Not keen to drop Son or Kane now. Kane is long-term keeper this season I think.

      Maybe just upgrade Mitchell or is that a waste?

      Cheers!

      1. Henrik Larsson
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        2 months, 7 days ago

        I have pretty much the same team as you except Kilman instead of Mitchell.

        I've already transferred out Kane for Vardy (might even captain Vardy Vs Liverpool). Next week I'm planning Robbo/Son to Cancelo/KDB.

        I could live to regret dumping out my spurs assets but I've decided to go for it and stick with it.

        1. Bojam
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 7 days ago

          Interesting - thanks for that! Have considered downgrading Robbo to free up funds to move Son on. But not sure I want to do that this week - a week early for City players I think, esp given their attacking form is not at all convincing (yet).

      2. Henrik Larsson
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        2 months, 7 days ago

        Other move I was considering was JRod to Ziyech. Even with Richarlison back and some decent fixtures I don't really fancy Everton at the moment. Ziyech looks like he can offer more of a threat and at the very least pick up some assists.

        1. Bojam
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 7 days ago

          Yeah, I've pondered this too. Ziyech does looks great! Again though, kinda feels like the wrong week to lose Rodriguez with Everton vs Fulham and then two good fixtures after.

        2. Henrik Larsson
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          2 months, 7 days ago

          I feel like the next 3-4 fixtures for CHE and EVE are very similar. Ziyech is tempting me because Chelsea have looked much better than Everton recently.

          I'll need to think on this one.

      3. wulfranian
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 7 days ago

        Its tough.Son->Kane->Kdb+Vardy next gw imo.And maybe downgrade Soucek or downgrade Robbo.

    • King Kohli
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      Can I get away with saving FT to do a mini WC next week?

      Martinez
      Robbo Chilwell Konsa
      Salah (C) Sterling Son Jarod
      Dcl Maupay Bamford
      Steer Anguissa Kilman Mitchell

      1 FT 0.5 Itb

      1. Bojam
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 7 days ago

        Don't see why not barring injuries or COVID related issues. Patience pays off. Maupay hasn't looked great but could deliver returns in any GW, especially with pens.

    • Nomar
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      This article is making a strong case to go DCL to Watkins.

      Already have Vardy and Bamford.

      1. Brosstan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 7 days ago

        There's no way you can sell DCL with their fixtures

        1. jb1985
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 7 days ago

          ^^ This

      2. Bojam
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 7 days ago

        Watkins looks really good in a v. attacking Villa team. Patience require though as he won't return every week. But clearly capable of big scores.

        I had him on my bench for the hatrick against Pool. Since then he's blanked twice (I think) and returned in the other two. Last weekend's brace was a big rank booster for me.

        I'm keeping him, Kane and DCL for the forseeable barring injuries.

      3. Flair
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        2 months, 7 days ago

        Let me make a case for keeping DCL:

        Fulham, Leeds, Burnley.

      4. Henrik Larsson
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        2 months, 7 days ago

        Dump DCL GW12 when the fixtures turn. I'm keeping eye on Antonio to bring in then.

    • JonnyOnionRings
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      Any Brighton fans care to wager on Welbeck? Had two great chances at the weekend and had 13 penalty box touches as well.

      Could be a good bench player at 5.5

      1. Brosstan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 7 days ago

        Welbeck is a terrible player. He's the biggest fraud of the decade in the PL. Not even championship quality get somehow gets new contracts in the PL each year.

      2. Pukki Blinders
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 7 days ago

        He’s made a web and you are his prey

      3. King Kohli
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 7 days ago

        Don't.Go.There.
        Maupay is bad enough...

    • Shark Team
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      Isn't amazing that Ziyech created 4 big chances in his first 2 games that he started?
      I worry about his only 1 shot a little bit but given his older season's he had 3.5 shots per game before some time ago so I think he won't keep it less than 1 spg

      1. Fit_to_drop
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 7 days ago

        But who were they playing? Gets a bit harder for them now.

      2. FPL_Motty
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        2 months, 7 days ago

        Ziyech will be like KDB in his early years,

        1. FPL_Motty
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          2 months, 7 days ago

          Weird comment fail. "Like KDB in his early years -

          1. FPL_Motty
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            2 months, 7 days ago

            I give up, doesnt want to post my comment

    • mr messi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      Those who haven’t yet played your wc, when are you planning to use it?

      1. Brosstan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 7 days ago

        Id use it now, great fixture swing with whu and city

      2. PompeyUpNorth!
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 7 days ago

        This week for me. Activated last Friday night and got all the rising players in. Hoping to make some valuable cash and freshen up my whole squad targeting fixtures at same time..also ditched the ones dropping so it’s working out quite nicely so far..

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

        i am stuck, not sure i need to play it now, will hold until GW16, there is another fixture swing

      4. wulfranian
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 7 days ago

        gw16

    • Atimis
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      Only Son to Bruno this week or some additional move?

      2FTs, 1.6ITB

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

      Martin/Reguilon/Mitchell/Stephens

    • Zlatan F.C
        2 months, 7 days ago

        Planned transfers. Let me know your thoughts?

        GW9 - Saiss to Cancelo
        GW10 - Son to De Bruyne

        Team:
        Martinez
        Chilwell Lamptey Robbo
        Salah Grealish Fornals Son Podence
        DCL Kane

        Forster Saiss Brewster Ferguson

        1. Zlatan F.C
            2 months, 7 days ago

            thoughts here?

        2. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 7 days ago

          Which of these defences would you prefer long term on WC?

          A) McCarthy in goal, Play 1 of Coufal/KWP/Kilman every week
          B) Martinez in goal, Play 1 of Lamptey/Coufal every week

          1. FPL_Motty
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            2 months, 7 days ago

            B

          2. Fit_to_drop
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 7 days ago

            Think you need to beef either one of them up with 1, if not 2, premiums. At least a premium club. West Ham and Southampton wont be performing like this indefinitely!

            e.g. Chilwell, Cancelo.

        3. Patio Kev
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 7 days ago

          This article is great and having read it now what are people’s thoughts on Barkley vs Grealish ?

          Both seem nailed and both could provide similar returns in future.

          That £1.5m saving could make a big difference.

          1. PompeyUpNorth!
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 7 days ago

            Defo Grealish for me

          2. Flair
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            2 months, 7 days ago

            Both will be strong value at their price points.

          3. Brosstan
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 7 days ago

            Grealish is about 1000 times better

            1. Patio Kev
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              2 months, 7 days ago

              Maybe in real life but have you actually read the members stats in the article ? They make very interesting reading in a game that’s about points not ability.

              1. FPL_Motty
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                2 months, 7 days ago

                In this 1 game barkley outperformed Grealish yes. But if you want to look at stats, look at grealish stats for the season and he is head and shoulders above barkley. He's in the same realm as the top Mids in the game. There is also the factor of being the talisman for a team, which doesnt translate into numbers. But if they need to win the game, who is the go to guy? Grealish. He will get many more points than barkley

          4. FPL_Motty
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            2 months, 7 days ago

            Grealish hands down. Barkley good option in combination with grealish

          5. Tonyawesome69
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 7 days ago

            Talisman Grealish

          6. Toblerone52 - Hung like a H…
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 7 days ago

            Grealish for sure he is the villa attack, everything goes through him

          7. Polka Wakey O'Dot
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 7 days ago

            You know fortunes are made by folk who gamble on unlikely double ups sometimes.

            Your question should be Barkley or Grealish or both.

            You’ll find plenty who will double up on Grealish and Watkins (brought both in last week) but that’s only because it has a better looking rhythm than looking at two mids from the same team for many, especially fixtures based picks....the reality is it might not be much different...but cheaper.

            1. Patio Kev
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              2 months, 7 days ago

              Bringing in both pre Arsenal away was one hell of a ballsy gamble, glad it paid off for you, they are lovely when they land.

        4. Flair
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          2 months, 7 days ago

          Southampton fixtures are horrifying for a long time, alternatively West Ham's are great for just as long - GW24. I like the idea of having Antonio as long term pick.

          1. dbeck
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 7 days ago

            What about Watkins? Villa have great fixtures

            1. Flair
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              2 months, 7 days ago

              Watkins is also excellent, I'll partner him with Antonio.

            2. Shark Team
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 7 days ago

              He just doesn't seems like the Striker who gets fed by his team in every attack. He thrives versus teams who don't stay back and I'm not sure if those fixtures are gonna help him...

          2. Tonyawesome69
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 7 days ago

            The problem I have with Antonio is their always a higher chance of injury with him

            1. Tonyawesome69
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 7 days ago

              there's always*

        5. Penzardlife
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 7 days ago

          So guys, Antonio, Bamford, or Watkins? Who's it gonna be?

          1. 1zverGGadeM
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 7 days ago

            Bamford

          2. Tonyawesome69
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 7 days ago

            Watkins due to fixtures.

        6. Flair
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          2 months, 7 days ago

          City fixtures are just incredible up until GW22. Insanely good.

          1. 1zverGGadeM
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 7 days ago

            All on KDB train then!

            1. Flair
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              2 months, 7 days ago

              I'm debating running a KDB-Mane-Sterling-Rodriguez midfield with the excellent cheap forwards we have. Could be silly to jump on a team with 5 goals in the last 5 but I'm seeing stars!

          2. Magic Zico
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 7 days ago

            Triple up?

            1. PompeyUpNorth!
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 7 days ago

              Which 3 though?

          3. Tonyawesome69
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 7 days ago

            At the moment I would probably only look at probably only KDB/Sterling and/or Cancelo. Hopefully their form picks up with these fixtures

          4. Baines on Toast...
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            2 months, 7 days ago

            I think double defence (Dias & Cancelo) might be the smarter move this year.

            1. Flair
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              2 months, 7 days ago

              They look strong value for sure, I would have at least one.

        7. Bennyboy1907
            2 months, 7 days ago

            Very tough decision on what route to take.

            Martinez (Forster)
            Robbo Chillwell Lamptey (Saiss, Mitchell)
            Salah Son Grealish Zaha (Bissouma)
            Kane DCL Bamford

            Have 2FT and 1.1Mil ITB

            What to do?

            Option A) (-4 hit in option A)
            GW9:Son >>> Bruno
            Saiss >>> Coufal

            GW10: Kane >>> Antonio/Watkins/Adams
            Zaha >>> KDB -4

            Or
            Option B) (no hits)
            GW9: Saiss >>> Coufal
            GW10: Son >>> KDB
            Robbo >>> Cancelo

            Really confused any help is appreciated

            1. Tonyawesome69
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 7 days ago

              B and captain Salah

          • MIURA
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 7 days ago

            Anyone else going to go with Castagne over other premiums if he's fully fit for after the int break? Fulham, Sheff, and Brighton after Pool

            1. Tonyawesome69
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 7 days ago

              He looked promising before his injury. Definitely one to keep an eye on when back

            2. Magic Zico
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 7 days ago

              I had him earlier in the season and was happy before he's injured. Took him out for Cancelo GW7 and is happy as well.

          • FPL_Motty
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            2 months, 7 days ago

            Show of hands, anybody going with the Midfield Big 3 - Salah / KDB / Bruno for the upcoming fixtures?

            1. Dr. Ante Pavlovic
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 7 days ago

              I'll go with Salah, Sterling, Bruno, Ziyech and Grealish from gw10

            2. PompeyUpNorth!
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 7 days ago

              Yes 100%

            3. Patio Kev
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              2 months, 7 days ago

              Yep with a cheap frontline

            4. Il Capitano
                2 months, 7 days ago

                Salah / Sterling / Bruno as it stands

                1. FPL_Motty
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  2 months, 7 days ago

                  Why Sterling over KDB? Sterling is so infuriating to own, can't trust him with C - He is explosive though

                  1. Il Capitano
                      2 months, 7 days ago

                      Brought him in after KDB got injured in October & not had a FT spare to shift him back

                2. Toblerone52 - Hung like a H…
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  2 months, 7 days ago

                  Think this become the template

              • Silent Friend
                • 9 Years
                2 months, 7 days ago

                Thought on Cancelo?

                1. Magic Zico
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  2 months, 7 days ago

                  Nice pick

                  1. Silent Friend
                    • 9 Years
                    2 months, 7 days ago

                    Checking his stats, didnt get many attacking points though

                    1. Magic Zico
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 2 Years
                      2 months, 7 days ago

                      Difficult runs still with no striker to deliver assist, now Jesus is back and fixtures turn green ...

                2. Tonyawesome69
                  • 2 Years
                  2 months, 7 days ago

                  Good option and with good stats but niggling doubt about how nailed he is once Mendy is back

                  1. Magic Zico
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 2 Years
                    2 months, 7 days ago

                    I just think this is similar to Saiss earlier ... jumped in got the points and then move away when it's proven not nailed. But he may be nailed fully, so ...

                3. PompeyUpNorth!
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 8 Years
                  2 months, 7 days ago

                  Brilliant

                4. FPL_Motty
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  2 months, 7 days ago

                  Great player and pick, if you have another city Def as he isn't going to be nailed in my opinion. Pep already hinted in his praise, he can work on his defending. He will prefer mendy with a natural left foot in some games

              • tbhogal
                • 11 Years
                2 months, 7 days ago

                Who is the bigger priority to ship out, Saiss or Mitchell guys??

                1. PompeyUpNorth!
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 8 Years
                  2 months, 7 days ago

                  Mitchell just dropped in price so depends on your price points n team I guess. If you had asked yesterday I’d have said Mitchell to save .1... today, I’d say Saiss
                  To Coufal/Cressweel depending on your team

                  1. dbeck
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 3 Years
                    2 months, 7 days ago

                    if you dont have Martinez, would you go Target or Coufal?

                    1. PompeyUpNorth!
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 8 Years
                      2 months, 7 days ago

                      Oooh. That’s tough. I see you’re a member. What I normally do is check fixtures and they are similar, so I’d then compare them both over 4 weeks..I’ve done that and for me it would be Targett. Check out their stats n decide. You may be surprised what you see under shot/chances/pen area touches etc compared. I was!

                  2. tbhogal
                    • 11 Years
                    2 months, 7 days ago

                    Thank you very much.

                2. FPL_Motty
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  2 months, 7 days ago

                  Saiss - leave mitchell, he will have only cost you 4m in the first place - do you need a 5th defender

              • Tonyawesome69
                • 2 Years
                2 months, 7 days ago

                Which one would you pick?
                1. Cancelo - Stats and fixtures look great but some doubt about how nailed he is with Mendy due back and Pep roulette
                2. Coufal - Looks steady at 4.5 with potential assists and bps. Use the saving funds on attack.

                1.5itb 2ft
                Martinez Peacock
                Chilwell Taylor Justin Ayling TAA
                Grealish Salah Son Rodriguez Bissouma
                DCL Kane Vassilev

                1. Magic Zico
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  2 months, 7 days ago

                  You've got nailed defenders aside, so Cancelo's risk is mitigated?

                  1. Tonyawesome69
                    • 2 Years
                    2 months, 7 days ago

                    You think Cancelo is the more aggressive pick with higher potential of points compared to Coufal? I can switch Justin to Coufal later once all LEI main defs are back,

                    1. PompeyUpNorth!
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 8 Years
                      2 months, 7 days ago

                      I do... go Cancelo is what I’d say

              • wulfranian
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 7 days ago

                Is arguably the best Fpl manager in the world? https://twitter.com/FFH_HQ/status/1326174041716219911

                1. FPL_Motty
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  2 months, 7 days ago

                  Indeed. Love how he's not panicing despite being quite low ranked (3.5m). Thats what gets you through to the end of a season - sticking with your guns, not making rash decisions and letting your decisions play out over several Gws not just 1 week punts.

                  1. wulfranian
                    • 4 Years
                    2 months, 7 days ago

                    He is really good manager always read his comments here but the phrase "arguably the best Fpl manager tin the world" is wrong imo.No one is the best fpl manager.

                    1. Boo Ya Ka Sha
                      • 5 Years
                      2 months, 7 days ago

                      except for Mark

                      1. wulfranian
                        • 4 Years
                        2 months, 7 days ago

                        Mark is humble.He has said in the past that he does not consider himself the best fpl manager.

                    2. FPL_Motty
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      2 months, 7 days ago

                      Haha no I guess not - could also argue that no FPL manager can be the best in the world unless theyve won the whole thing! Which Tbh not all winners have the best consistent histories

                2. Flair
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  2 months, 7 days ago

                  Darren Wiles with 3 top 1000 finishes in the last 4 would take that title for me

                3. fusen
                  • 9 Years
                  2 months, 7 days ago

                  Not really no, look at the hall of fame. There are almost certainly more consistent managers.

                  He is absolutely very very good, but purely off his finishes alone you can say he isn't the best.

                4. Brosstan
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 6 Years
                  2 months, 7 days ago

                  Finishes before 2016/17 or so are literally irrelevant.

                  1. Christina.
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 10 Years
                    2 months, 7 days ago

                    also last year...covid you remember....

                    or so says Irbox in any case.
                    😆

              • Toblerone52 - Hung like a H…
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 7 days ago

                Foden owners, time to sell?

              • Flair
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                2 months, 7 days ago

                Most difficult captain decision of the season for me but I feel I'll go Mane (C) for this one. World class player at home with incredible underlying stats and passing the eye test with flying colors. His backheel pass against City... my God!

              • El Presidente
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                2 months, 7 days ago

                I know Im going against the norm and FFS status quo, but there is no way Im ditching my Spurs assets. Everyone is talking about the fixtures, but I think Son & Kane will thrive playing vs better opposition exploring the counter. We shall see who´s right.=>

                1. Toblerone52 - Hung like a H…
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  2 months, 7 days ago

                  For me I don't want expensive players who I won't captain.
                  Spurs have been limping across the line in the past few games, Kane is the one i would consider keeping over son as he seems to be their main creator and obvs takes penalties

                2. Lanley Staurel
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 10 Years
                  2 months, 7 days ago

                  Define the “norm”? This place shifts to herd mentality at times which isnt normal! Im keeping Son as his talent and propensity to score big against any opponent is still there. Always a big upside with him.

              • The Mandalorian
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                2 months, 7 days ago

                Top 10k 10% Plus Ownership Players with Difficult Fixtures

                McCarthy
                KWP
                JWP
                Kilman
                Jimenez
                Coady
                Son
                Kane

                In 3 GWs
                JRod
                DCL

                If these players start underperforming then in theory the top 10k scores start dropping.
                If you can bring in form players in these positions it should help you gain ground.

                It will take the top 10k weeks to remove these underperforming players. The casuals won't want to remove them at first so they will likely drop rank first.

                Many will not be able to create a new team for this next 8 week cycle and will drop rank.
                This new change presents a good opportunity to go up the ranks from now until Jan.

                The seasoned managers will be making a push into the top 100k and beyond from GW9 with planning for the fixture swings.

                Just my thoughts hope they don't offend anyone.

                1. Toblerone52 - Hung like a H…
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  2 months, 7 days ago

                  I have 4 on your list, Kilman is the only one I will hold onto as he is so cheap. Spurs lads and Jimmy on borrowed time.

                2. Flair
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  2 months, 7 days ago

                  You're absolutely right, Kane and Son are the two main men here. Cost a lot and with very difficult fixtures. I'm gambling on removing them, the reward is well worth the risk to me. If they continue hauling though, that could well be season over.

              • Dr. Ante Pavlovic
                • 3 Years
                2 months, 7 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. I would captain Bruno right away. Decent moves?

              • dshv
                • 3 Years
                2 months, 7 days ago

                Mccarthy
                Chilwell justin lamptey taylor mitchell
                Son salah bruno sterling soucek
                Watkins dcl davis

                1.8 itb .. 1ft

                Son to ziych now, then soucek to grealish ?