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Sky Sports Fantasy Football: Five picks to consider after the international break

With another international break halting the Premier League action, we take a look at some of the form players in Sky Sports Fantasy Football in recent weeks.

These are not the highest-scoring players in the game nor necessarily the most popular picks, but they are nevertheless assets to consider for those looking to steal a march in their mini-leagues or climb the overall leaderboard.

A reminder that you have until 12:30pm on Saturday 21 November to make any changes to your Sky side, so waiting until the players are back from international duty and after the pre-Gameweek 11 press conferences have been and gone is perhaps the best policy given the volume of injuries and illnesses we are witnessing at present.

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Hakim Ziyech – £9.4m

The omens were positive with Hakim Ziyech from the outset, with the former Ajax man registering four shots on target and scoring in Chelsea’s 4-0 win at Krasnodar in October.

Ziyech has since recorded 11-point hauls in back-to-back matches against Burnley and Sheffield United, so it could be said that the international break has come at the wrong time for his Fantasy owners.

In that two-game spell, the Moroccan international has made three goals, scored one and earned a Man of the Match award, which came against Sheffield United thanks to his two assists.

With Newcastle United up next, Ziyech could be about to make it three double-figure scores in succession.

Patrick Bamford – £8.2m

Patrick Bamford continues to defy the odds and more importantly the critics, netting seven goals from his opening eight Premier League matches. It puts him on 70 points in Sky and places him fifth in the overall points chart, which is a testament to his solid start to the current campaign.

The Englishman also tops the value-for-money table, registering 8.54 points per million spent.

The Leeds frontman has recorded 26 shots this campaign, which has helped him to shooting bonus in four of his appearances. The Whites do create an abundance of opportunities and the majority of what they do will come through Bamford or involve him in the end product, meaning he is worthy of consideration for the coming weeks.

Ben Chilwell – £9m

We spoke about Ben Chilwell a couple of weeks ago, explaining how he had gone under the radar with his 35 points from only three games. Fast forward another two matches and the full-back has only gone from strength to strength.

The England international has accrued 59 points from his five appearances this term, averaging just under 12 points per match. That puts him second in the defenders’ charts, despite playing a significant number of games less.

His ownership was at 11.96% a matter of weeks ago and now stands at 16.4%, with Chilwell currently owned by 36% of the top 1,000 Sky managers.

With two goals, two assists, three clean sheets and a Man of the Match award in his first five games, £9m is looking like a snip.

Youri Tielemans – £8.3m

Youri Tielemans has helped his Leicester City comrades to the top of the Premier League table with another great start to the season. His three goals, two of which have come from the spot in Jamie Vardy’s absence, have contributed to his 47 points, placing him sixth in the midfielder charts.

A more sustainable source of the Belgian’s points comes from the tiered bonus. In his eight matches, he has recorded bonus points on seven occasions, with four from passing, two from shots and one from tackles.

At £8.3m and with some favourable fixtures in Gameweeks 12-14 (maybe even Gameweek 11 if we consider Liverpool’s injury-hit defence), he could be a canny pick.

Alex McCarthy – £6.6m

As a rule of thumb and barring any injuries, we’d suggest keeping the goalkeeper transfers down to an absolute minimum over the course of a campaign and taking a longer-term view of the man between the posts.

Selecting a shot-stopper who can steadily bring in the points over an extended period of time is key and Alex McCarthy could fit the bill.

The Southampton custodian has had a solid start to 2020/21, producing 41 points from his eight appearances. That may not sound ground-breaking but it allows you to concentrate on your attacking players without worrying about your number one.

McCarthy has kept four clean sheets in those eight games, which is an impressive record. When you take into account his lowly ownership figure of just 1.52%, he could be a sensible differential option for the weeks and months ahead.

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459 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Gobigorgohome
    • 9 Years
    16 days, 4 hours ago

    As soon as I saw that Salah dance last week, I knew he would got Covid 😆

  2. HippY
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    16 days, 4 hours ago

    I really like the idea of having Salah as a differential after the next set of games 🙂

    Go on guys, ship him out!!!!

    1. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      16 days, 4 hours ago

      Most players won't get rid though.

      1. NateDogsCats
          16 days, 4 hours ago

          I'd say a lot of casuals will, could affect his value but probably not by much

        • Debauchy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          16 days, 4 hours ago

          I beg to differ Camzy 2 weeks away from training means he likely misses the next 2

          1. FC Hakkebøf
            • 3 Years
            16 days, 4 hours ago

            Dont think so. He will stay in shape.

          2. Camzy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            16 days, 4 hours ago

            You're assuming it's 2 weeks. It might not be. I think once he tests negative he's g2g.

            Mane for instance only missed the one game.

            1. Debauchy
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              16 days, 4 hours ago

              Assuming he tests negative ? but all talk here is he's positive yeah

              1. Camzy
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                16 days, 4 hours ago

                He's tested positive now. But in a few days' time he could have beaten it and test negative. Then he's cleared to play. As long as he's negative 24 hours before a game he's good to go.

                1. Debauchy
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 7 Years
                  16 days, 4 hours ago

                  Ok never new could reverse so soon , regardless he's gone for me only wanted him for the next home game out of next 3 anyway

                2. NateDogsCats
                    16 days, 4 hours ago

                    Doesn't he still have to isolate even if he gets a negative test in a few days? I'm not sure what the rules in the UK are if it's 10 or 14 days but I thought you still have to do it as it can still spread up to a certain point.

        • Debauchy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          16 days, 4 hours ago

          Gone ,, hold on Hippy

        • Gobigorgohome
          • 9 Years
          16 days, 4 hours ago

          not having Bruno will hurt though
          imagine his EO va Westbrom

      2. Steve The Spud
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        16 days, 4 hours ago

        Next Saturday feels like 17 years away when you’re already on a -4

        1. Flair
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          16 days, 4 hours ago

          bruh

        2. slavkob
          • 3 Years
          16 days, 4 hours ago

          Yes, but no worries. Positive attitude and no other players will get injured!

      3. Buck The Trent
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        16 days, 4 hours ago

        Salah red flagged by fpl

        1. Flair
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          16 days, 4 hours ago

          going to be mass transfers out

      4. Debauchy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        16 days, 4 hours ago

        Thank Covid I still have my WC , this is just the beginning innit lol

      5. Inazuma X1
        • 3 Years
        16 days, 4 hours ago

        2020 is *ed up on another level

      6. Shark Team
        • 3 Years
        16 days, 4 hours ago

        if Salah is out for the Brighton game too then selling him is reasonable but if not then there is no problem benching him for one week. He needs his rest...

        1. Debauchy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          16 days, 4 hours ago

          2 weeks away from training , why would he be back for Brighton ?

          1. mynameisq
            • 7 Years
            16 days, 4 hours ago

            He can still train on his own and keep fit, plenty of players have done so

            1. Buck The Trent
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              16 days, 4 hours ago

              Yes, CR7 is example

            2. jason_ni
              • 4 Years
              16 days, 4 hours ago

              I mean he could well be bed ridden if he isn't asymptomatic. Be tough to keep training with those symptoms!

          2. Shark Team
            • 3 Years
            16 days, 3 hours ago

            He will easily be back... He will have some training alone and then one more training with the team like other footballers around the world usually do so he will be ready if everything goes well with his covid...

      7. Wolfman180
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        16 days, 4 hours ago

        So glad I didn't make any early transfers

        1. Steve The Spud
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          16 days, 4 hours ago

          Me to, oh wait

        2. Debauchy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          16 days, 4 hours ago

          Just common sense Wolf , not luck

          1. Wolfman180
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            16 days, 4 hours ago

            Never said it was luck. I'm just glad that I resisted the urge to make early transfers like moving on Spurs players etc 🙂

            1. Debauchy
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              16 days, 4 hours ago

              Same and tbh I nearly did an early too 😆

      8. Collie01
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        16 days, 4 hours ago

        I think it's so strange that they are going ahead with international friendlies in 2020.

        1. AnfieldLad
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          16 days, 4 hours ago

          I agree

          But it looks like Salah most likely caught Corona at a wedding so can’t really blame international for that

      9. Tony Martial
        • 2 Years
        16 days, 4 hours ago

        I’ll bring back mo in Gw 12

      10. Werner Bremen
        • 2 Years
        16 days, 4 hours ago

        Will Salah be back for Brighton?

        1. Hazz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          16 days, 4 hours ago

          The case of Sadio Mane:

          - reported with COVID - 02 Oct 10PM
          - returned to training news - 12 Oct 5PM
          - played vs Everton - 17 Oct

          The case of Mo Salah:

          - reported with COVID 13 Nov 3PM
          - projected "return to training news" - 23 Nov
          - game vs Atalanta in CL - 25 Nov
          - game vs Brighton in PL - 28 Nov

          I'm not saying "hold Your horses", but ...

          1. Hazz
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            16 days, 4 hours ago

            Source: https://www.reddit.com/r/fantasypl/comments/jthx80/_/

            (don't blame me if it's wrong!)

      11. KLOPPS AND ROBBERS... the s…
        • 5 Years
        16 days, 4 hours ago

        Salah positive for Covid

      12. FPLMACKEM
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        16 days, 4 hours ago

        Currently on my WC.

        What are peoples thoughts on what to do with Salah? I have .t tied up in him

        A Hold and use a sub ie Brewster
        B Sell and get Mane

        1. ZLNR
          • 4 Years
          16 days, 4 hours ago

          Your wildcard should be set up for a few weeks in which case I'd go Mane if you don't lose too much value. You can always swap back

          1. FPLMACKEM
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            16 days, 4 hours ago

            I have .4 tied up in Salah. Think I'm inclined to hold as I prefer Salah long term. Then play Brewster and hope for the best.

        2. NateDogsCats
            16 days, 4 hours ago

            If you have cover on your bench then hold, but if not and bare in mind the possibility he could miss 2 games then maybe consider it.

            1. FPLMACKEM
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              16 days, 4 hours ago

              Im hopeful it will just be the one game if he has to isolate for two weeks.

          • Camzy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            16 days, 4 hours ago

            I'd just go Mane and stick with Mane.

        3. jason_ni
          • 4 Years
          16 days, 4 hours ago

          Wtf is going on, it was the same with the international break before the season started with multiple players getting coivd.

          Where is the sense in pursuing with these internationals, especially those that are friendlies, transporting players all around the world to spread it amongst themselves.

          All about the money for fifa.

          1. teneighty
            • 5 Years
            16 days, 4 hours ago

            So irresponsible....

            Regular people: Work from home, stay at home, social distance etc. to flatten the curve.
            Pro footballers: Please travel all over Europe, hug each other after a win and if your national team doesn't have any games, please attend large gatherings such as weddings.

        4. drughi
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          16 days, 4 hours ago

          Salah and son to Bruno and KDB looks easy peasy

          1. Miguel Sanchez
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            16 days, 4 hours ago

            For free?

        5. Hazz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          16 days, 4 hours ago

          Brewster's time to shine 😎

          1. Toked
            • 5 Years
            16 days, 4 hours ago

            No thanks, I have Coufal coming off my bench now!

            1. Hazz
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              16 days, 4 hours ago

              Why was he on your bench in the first place?!

              (Brewster is still actually only my 3rs sub lol.)

        6. Iceball
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          16 days, 4 hours ago

          A) Saiss to Cancelo/Cresswell-4 (bench Salah) This was the plan for free next week.
          B) Salah to Mane/KDB/Bruno -4, and captain!
          C) Pray that Saiss play and get more than 2 points, or get Brewster from bench lol

        7. jb1985
          • 2 Years
          16 days, 4 hours ago

          So wit Salah being out is it worth a hit to Bruno if I captain him? I can sell Salah for 12.2M and hopefully with people selling he will drop in price i can buy him back for 12.2 or 12.3.

          1. Iceball
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            16 days, 4 hours ago

            Im leaning towards doing that, and yes captain, or else Ziyech or DCL if I do nothing.

          2. Hazz
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            16 days, 4 hours ago

            I'll have gained 4 points on you and will still have Salah, so yes please go ahead.

            1. Iceball
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              16 days, 4 hours ago

              Who are you playing instead if you bench Salah? For me its Saiss/Brewster if keeping Salah.

              1. jb1985
                • 2 Years
                16 days, 4 hours ago

                I have Justin on the bench who could profit from Salah being missing.

          3. Debauchy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            16 days, 4 hours ago

            YES , if you think he's a good CPT option then hit

        8. Holmes
          • 7 Years
          16 days, 4 hours ago

          Time to unleash Brewster...

        9. Debauchy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          16 days, 4 hours ago

          WTF was Salah thinking , going to a Wedding the known Superspreader of the the Covid virus along with Funerals

          1. Holmes
            • 7 Years
            16 days, 4 hours ago

            Have fun, die hard!

            1. Debauchy
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              16 days, 4 hours ago

              lol aye and F the boys on FFS

        10. UshFPL
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          16 days, 4 hours ago

          Think it's wildcard time!

          1. Debauchy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            16 days, 4 hours ago

            Why ? Salah out makes it all so easy so why WC

            1. UshFPL
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              16 days, 4 hours ago

              I don't understand what you mean by that

        11. Don Kloppeone
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          16 days, 4 hours ago

          To all the sensible folk on here..... the IB isn’t over. Sit on those trigger-happy transfer hands until GW deadline day!!

          Stuff the price changes!

          You have been warned 😉

          1. Debauchy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            16 days, 4 hours ago

            Sound and Sane Don

            1. Don Kloppeone
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              16 days, 4 hours ago

              Just no point second guessing anything now is there!

              I’ll prob just hold Salah and carry on with my plan unless he’s confirmed out for weeks (better not be!)

        12. Camzy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          16 days, 4 hours ago

          I'm not gonna captain Salah for the next 3 weeks anyway (he was my captain this week but if he's out...) so maybe a pivot is good right now huh?

          I can do...

          Salah + Foden > KdB + Ziyech -4. Cap Rashford.

          1. Toked
            • 5 Years
            16 days, 4 hours ago

            I'd sooner get Bruno/Grealish/Rodri over KDB at the moment Ziyech for sure

          2. HODGE
            • 6 Years
            16 days, 4 hours ago

            Seams a good move, is there a chance Rashford is out though?

          3. Christina.
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            16 days, 4 hours ago

            Im staying away from hits if I can. People burned transfers early...time to move up due to their stupidity

            1. Ooh Ah Cantona
                14 days, 7 hours ago

                It's my first go at FF this year, and Ive already spent over 140 points on transfers

            2. Riverside Red
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              16 days, 4 hours ago

              KdB's form not very consistent, I'm keeping Salah unless his absence is extended.

          4. Brosstan
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            16 days, 4 hours ago

            Salah deserves a massive, massive fine. What the hell is that behavior during a global pandemic where everyone is forced to put their entire lives on hold...

            1. Debauchy
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              16 days, 4 hours ago

              Not often Bross lol . but agree mate

          5. Jon Walter's Hatty
            • 7 Years
            16 days, 4 hours ago

            Let me see...are people mad at Salah cos he acted stupidly or cos he ballsed up their team?

          6. RECKLESS
            • 7 Years
            16 days, 4 hours ago

            How serious is Mitchell injury? Looks worth it playing vs Bunrley or hit to remove him for Coufal worth it? Else will have to play Justin vs liv

            1. St Pauli Walnuts
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              16 days, 1 hour ago

              Dunno, but even if fit what are chances of him starting with PVA back and Clyne on the right? Slim probably.

          7. Ooh Ah Cantona
              14 days, 7 hours ago

              A : Vardy to Adams and Zaha to KDB

              B : Zaha to Ziyech

              C : Bamford to DCL and Fernandez to KDB