Scout Squad

The Scout Squad’s top picks for FPL Gameweek 9

Aston Villa, Chelsea and Manchester United players dominate the Scout Squad panel’s picks for Gameweek 9 as Liverpool, Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur are largely overlooked.

For the uninitiated, this weekly precursor to the Scout Picks selection sees our four-man committee champion the standout Fantasy Premier League assets for the upcoming Gameweek.

Fantasy Football Scout editor David, deputy editor Neale, video content manager Andy and Pro Pundit Tom will each put forward an 18-man long-list of players and explain their notable inclusions and omissions below.

The nominations listed will then be whittled down to a squad of 15 (with the starting XI not exceeding a total cost of £83m) for the weekly Scout Picks selection ahead of the FPL deadline at 11:00 GMT on Saturday.

There are requirements for at least:

  • One goalkeeper costing £5.0m or less
  • One sub-£5.0m defender
  • One midfielder listed at £6.5m or below
  • One forward priced at £7.5m or lower

Each panelist is restricted to no more than three players from the same team, as is the case in FPL.

We will again be adding a captaincy to the Scout Picks, with details of that revealed on Friday.

DavidNealeTomAndy
GKAlex McCarthyVicente GuaitaLukasz FabianskiNick Pope
Nick PopeEmiliano MartinezVicente GuaitaEmiliano Martínez
Sam JohnstoneBernd LenoEmiliano MartínezLukasz Fabianski
DFKurt ZoumaBen ChilwellBen ChilwellBen Chilwell
Aaron CresswellHarry MaguireAaron CresswellNélson Semedo
Harry MaguireAaron CresswellAlex TellesLucas Digne
Patrick van AanholtJames TarkowskiPatrick van AanholtHarry Maguire
Matt TargettMax KilmanTariq LampteyVladimir Coufal
MFJames RodríguezBruno FernandesBruno FernandesBruno Fernandes
Hakim ZiyechJack GrealishSadio ManéHakim Ziyech
Jack GrealishHakim ZiyechJack GrealishJames Rodríguez
Marcus RashfordTomas SoucekHakim ZiyechJack Grealish
Pablo FornalsAdemola LookmanEberechi EzeDiogo Jota
FWTimo WernerDominic Calvert-LewinTimo WernerDominic Calvert-Lewin
Jamie VardyJamie VardyDominic Calvert-LewinTimo Werner
Patrick BamfordAnthony MartialJamie VardyAnthony Martial
Ollie WatkinsTimo WernerOIlie WatkinsOllie Watkins
Harry KaneOllie WatkinsPatrick BamfordRaul Jimenez


Most popular picks: Hakim Ziyech, Jack Grealish, Timo Werner, Ollie Watkins (four), Emiliano Martínez, Ben Chilwell, Aaron Cresswell, Harry Maguire, Bruno Fernandes, Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Jamie Vardy (three)

DAVID SAID…

Alex McCarthy is my top choice in goal for Gameweek 9. Only two teams have registered fewer shots in the box than Wolves in the last four matches, while Southampton’s custodian sits behind only two other custodians for points-per-million-spent so far this season (7.3).

No team has conceded fewer big chances since Gameweek 5 than Manchester United, who face a West Bromwich Albion outfit who have found the net just once in their last three away trips. Harry Maguire seems the standout option from the Red Devils’ defence, with more shots in the box than any Premier League defender in their last four matches.

Meanwhile, Patrick van Aanholt could be in for a decent showing at Burnley. The Clarets are still the division’s lowest scorers, with three goals, while only one other defender ranks better than Crystal Palace’s left-back for expected goal involvement (xGI) over the last four, and van Aanholt has only started two matches in that period having recently reclaimed his place.

The return of Richarlison to the Everton set-up should help James Rodríguez and Dominic Calvert-Lewin fulfil their Fantasy potential for Sunday’s trip to Fulham. In the Brazilian’s absence, Calvert-Lewin averaged 4.7 points per game, having scored 8.6 points per match between Gameweeks 1 to 5. Meanwhile, over the last four matches, no team has conceded more headed attempts than Fulham, which bodes well for Calvert-Lewin’s well-documented aerial threat, as well as Rodríguez’s role as Everton’s corner-taker.

I also fancy a double-up on the Chelsea attack as they face a Newcastle outfit that has conceded the second-highest number of shots on target over the last four matches.

Timo Werner has the Premier League’s third-highest expected goals non-penalty figure over the last four matches and is now taking Chelsea’s spot-kicks on top of that. During that time only two players have been afforded more big chances than Werner, whose shot accuracy of 55.6% and goal conversion rate of 44.4% are impressive indeed.

Meanwhile, only two clubs have given up more chances from set plays than Newcastle this season; perfect for Hakim Ziyech to continue his blistering form. No player has created more big chances than him over the last four matches, despite the Moroccan only featuring for 190 minutes. The Magpies’ susceptibility in this area is also why I have included Kurt Zouma once again.

If Marcus Rashford is fit enough to start against West Bromwich Albion, I think he is a better prospect for Gameweek than the popular Bruno Fernandes. The Englishman is usually more impressive at Old Trafford than his Portuguese colleague, who has 3.3 points per game there this season. Furthermore, across home appearances in 2019/20, Rashford bested Fernandes’ per-game numbers for expected goals, expected goals non-penalty, penalty box touches, shots, shots in the box, shots on target, big chances, accuracy, goal conversion rate and big chances created.

Sheffield United are increasingly establishing themselves as whipping boys this season, which is why I have selected Pablo Fornals as my fifth midfielder. He plays predominantly on the left of West Ham’s attacking midfield, which should enjoy an outing against the Blades’ weak right-hand side of their defence. For that reason, left-sided centre-back Aaron Cresswell should also do well, considering he ranks third-best for key passes among defenders since Gameweek 5.

Jamie Vardy may be somewhat reliant on penalties but considering the state of Liverpool’s defence, it is hard to see him not getting something at Anfield, a stadium where he has two goals in his last four Premier League trips. Furthermore, over the last four matches, Vardy is joint-top of the league for big chances and shots on target.

Level with him in those areas is Patrick Bamford, who also leads the shots-in-the-box category for the same period.

Even though Brighton have been boasting some positive underlying defensive statistics recently, combination with the eye test shows us that they are very susceptible to the counter-attack. With Jack Grealish in excellent form and Ollie Watkins finding his feet in the Premier League, I expect Aston Villa to punish the Seagulls for this weakness on Saturday afternoon.

NEALE SAID…

I can’t remember a time when I’ve not selected a single player from the squads of Liverpool, Manchester City or Tottenham Hotspur but that’s the situation we face ahead of this weekend’s fixtures.

Pep Guardiola’s side have yet to really hit full-throttle on the domestic front this season and I can see his opposite number in the Spurs dugout attempting to produce one of his big-game specials, much as he did when the fortuitous Lilywhites ground out a 2-0 win over ten-man City in February.

The Reds’ phenomenal home form could well continue against top-of-the-table Leicester City, meanwhile, but a wave of illness and injury leaves them unquestionably under-strength and I can foresee Brendan Rodgers trying to smother the Liverpool left side in the knowledge that Trent Alexander-Arnold and Mohamed Salah are missing from the opposite flank.

In fact, the only player I’ve selected from either side ahead of Sunday’s game at Anfield is Jamie Vardy; with Joel Matip and (if fit) Fabinho competent deputies but lacking the recovery pace of Joe Gomez and Virgil van Dijk, I can see the Leicester City striker nicking a goal on the break on Merseyside.

Triple-ups on Aston Villa, Chelsea and Manchester United assets are largely self-explanatory given the calibre of opposition, so I’ll expand on some of my other selections in these remaining column inches.

Sheffield United are the only Premier League side without a clean sheet in 2020/21 and, at the other end, they’ve scored only four goals – just one of which came from open play – in their eight league matches to date.

The Blades have allowed more headed chances than any other top-flight club this season, a stat which could bode well for Tomas Soucek given that he sits top among FPL midfielders for headed opportunities.

Chris Wilder’s side have also allowed more chances to be created from their right flank than any other team, so I’d be happy to see either Aaron Cresswell or Arthur Masuaku make the cut; the former gets the nod in my own selection given his involvement at free-kicks and corners.

Ademola Lookman gets another look-in in my long-list, meanwhile.

Widely mocked for his dismal Panenka attempt at West Ham, the young winger’s penalty miss has detracted from some very good displays over the last month.

Since he made his full Fulham debut in Gameweek 5, the only midfielders to attempt more shots than Lookman are Mohamed Salah and Bruno Fernandes.

Everton’s defence has shipped an average of two goals per match in a clean sheet-less run stretching back to Gameweek 2, so Lookman has a decent shot at instant redemption when the Toffees visit west London on Sunday.

I’m not expecting much goalmouth action at Turf Moor on Monday evening, however.

Burnley are looking a bit more solid with their first-choice centre-back pairing now fit and available, although they themselves have scored only one goal in the last six Gameweeks.

Vicente Guaita is a predictable pick, then, while I’ve opted for James Tarkowski as my representative from the Burnley backline: Palace have conceded more chances from set plays than any other Premier League team this season, so the towering Clarets’ stopper may get an opportunity or two when the sides meet in Lancashire.

TOM SAID…

I’ve doubled up on West Ham United’s defence ahead of their Gameweek 9 meeting with rock-bottom Sheffield United. The Hammers secured a late 1-0 win over Fulham last time out, with Lukasz Fabianski and Aaron Cresswell playing key roles. The Poland international made three saves including a late penalty stop, while Cresswell hit the woodwork and created four chances. It’s also worth noting that the Blades have looked particularly vulnerable down their right flank this season, which adds to the Englishman’s appeal.

Crystal Palace also get a defensive double-up from me. Their opponents Burnley look devoid of ideas going forward, having found the back of the net just three times in seven matches. No team has taken fewer shots in or out of the box, either. That lack of goal threat suggests both Vicente Guaita and Patrick van Aanholt could be in the points on Monday.

For the second consecutive week, Ben Chilwell takes the top defender spot, while there is also a debut for Manchester United’s Alex Telles who could have some joy attacking West Bromwich Albion’s weaker right-side.

They’re joined at the back by Emiliano Martínez and Tariq Lamptey, the latter largely down to his attacking threat.

In midfield, despite owning Marcus Rashford in my own squad, I’ve opted for Bruno Fernandes here. The Portugal international played a direct hand in all three of Manchester United’s goals at Everton and has a combined eight goals and assists in his last six Premier League matches. Always probing and looking to make a forward pass, he looks like an ideal captain candidate this week.

Due to the uncertainty around Mohamed Salah’s availability, Sadio Mané is my Liverpool midfielder of choice, while the inclusions of Jack Grealish and Hakim Ziyech largely speak for themselves.

Rounding off the midfield is Eberechi Eze, who put in a man-of-the-match performance against Leeds United in Gameweek 8. Despite withdrawing from the England under-21 squad earlier this week, it sounds like more of a precautionary measure after feeling some muscle tightness and, providing he starts on Monday, looks like a solid differential pick.

Further forward, Timo Werner has really found his feet of late, netting four times in his last four games, with Ollie Watkins just behind on three. The Aston Villa forward has amassed 47 FPL points since making his debut in Gameweek 2 and amongst forwards ranks fifth for shots in the box and joint-second for big chances over that period.

The forward list is completed by Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Jamie Vardy and Patrick Bamford.

ANDY SAID…

A lot has been made of Manchester United’s home form but the last three visiting teams to Old Trafford have been Tottenham Hotspur, Chelsea and Arsenal and it doesn’t get better than West Bromwich Albion on your own turf. No defender has had more shots in the box than Harry Maguire this season and it’s impossible to not include Bruno Fernandes, who’s carried his form from last season into the current campaign and averaged 7.6 points per match so far.

Only Patrick Bamford has a higher non-penalty xG than Dominic Calvert-Lewin this season. The Everton frontman doesn’t look like letting up any time soon, especially with Fulham up next who have the third-worst xGC so far this season. Barring any further international injuries, Everton should be pretty much full strength following previous injuries and suspensions so both Lucas Digne and James Rodríguez also make my squad.

Since Ben Chilwell made his debut for Chelsea in Gameweek 4, no defender has created more chances. He’s also only second to Maguire for shots in the box in that time. With his tendency to arrive at the back post on the hunt for more goals, and with Hakim Ziyech creating plenty of chances, more goals could be coming for the England international. If Callum Wilson misses out for the Magpies, there’s a good chance of a clean sheet as well.

Since Gameweek 2, only Jamie Vardy has had more big chances than Ollie Watkins. While most of his goals have come against Liverpool and Arsenal, it’s difficult to not foresee him continuing to put chances away when he has the in-form Jack Grealish as his supply-line. Brighton’s underlying numbers for defence have looked decent but they somehow keep finding ways to concede goals, and Aston Villa will be looking for another three points here.

THE COMMUNITY CHAMPION

Each week, one of the Fantasy Football Scout community takes on the Scout Picks by pitting their chosen XI against ours.

The community member who beats our picks by the biggest margin over the campaign will win a £100 Amazon Voucher and a place in our Moderators and Contributors League for the following season.

AA33‘s whopping 53-point winning margin in Gameweek 2 is the target to beat.

In Gameweek 8, the Scout Picks defeated THFC4LIFE by 78-65 to take a 6-2 lead over the community in 2020/21.

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683 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Assist me a river
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 14 days ago

    WC active - Struggle city over here. Need some advice please

    Mendy
    Cancelo - Targett - Coufal
    Fernandes - KdB - Grealish - Ziyech
    Bamford - Vardy - DCL

    Bench: Forster, Lamptey, Kilman, Bissouma

    1. De Gea is GOAT
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 14 days ago

      Looks very good to me. You will want a LIV player soon though

    2. Pegboy
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 14 days ago

      Looks good. What are debating?

    3. Pat Bonner
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 14 days ago

      Can’t really argue with any of those picks. Defence is a bit light but front 8 looks great

      1. Assist me a river
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 14 days ago

        Kinda want Chilwell, but struggeling to find the funds. Have 0.2 ibt.

        Also unsure about Mendy /McCarthy.

        1. Pat Bonner
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 14 days ago

          I do prefer going cheap as possible on keepers and then you could upgrade defence. But all your defenders are good value

          1. Assist me a river
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 14 days ago

            Could always to Mendy to McCarthy and Coufal to Cresswell.

            But Coufal has a great price, and Chelsea looking strong def

    4. Shineonme
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 14 days ago

      Bamford should be watkins

    5. Il Capitano
        3 months, 14 days ago

        Looks nice, fairly easy to get Salah back by downgrading a forward in the future

        1. Assist me a river
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 14 days ago

          Yeah, have 0.2 to do Fernandes (C this GW) to Salah next

      • Saïss doesn't mat…
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 14 days ago

        Yikes. same team as mine except I have martinez and chilwell instead of mendy and targett

        1. Assist me a river
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 14 days ago

          U better off then hahaha

    6. De Gea is GOAT
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 14 days ago

      Hey guys. Long shot i know but is there any chance of Mitchell starting this weekend? Thank you

      1. linkafu
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 14 days ago

        0...

      2. Shineonme
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 14 days ago

        No chance

        1. De Gea is GOAT
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 14 days ago

          Thanks guys

        2. BobbyDoesNotLook
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 14 days ago

          Why 0? I haven't seen any new recently, or almost anything after he got injured. Just not that important player that there would be even news? I remember that a Watford defender last year (black out who) just got flagged someday and after 1-2 months coach said that he will about for long. So probably also for Mitchell no news is probably bad news and shows lack of importance also.

    7. fylde2022
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 14 days ago

      In this team, would your transfer be;
      Robertson out
      Chilwell in

      ...or do you see a more important move?

      Martinez
      Robertson Lamptey James
      Son Fernandes Grealish Zaha
      Kane DCL Bamford

      Button, Saiss, Foden, Mitchell

      0.2m itb

      1. Pat Bonner
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 14 days ago

        If robbo for then not sure I’d remove him. You have saiss and Mitchell who might not play and you never know with James rotation - I’d probably move saiss to Coufal or Cresswell

        1. Pat Bonner
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 14 days ago

          *fit

          1. fylde2022
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 14 days ago

            Saiss to Coufal done.
            Thanks!

            1. Pat Bonner
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              3 months, 14 days ago

              I’d wait as late as possible. Never know who else has Covid/injured this week! Good luck

      2. linkafu
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 14 days ago

        Saiss to Cresswell

    8. Slitherene
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 14 days ago

      GtG?

      Martinez
      PvA Lamptey Taylor
      KdB Bruno Grealish Soucek
      Vardy Werner(c) Richarlison
      Fodder Berge Justin Lewis

      0 FT, 2.0 ITB

      1. Pat Bonner
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 14 days ago

        Nice team

      2. Miguel Sanchez
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 14 days ago

        Nice team - why Werner over Bruno?

        1. Miguel Sanchez
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 14 days ago

          *for captaincy

    9. Francescoli
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 14 days ago

      I’ve already had to take a hit. 4.3m itb. Good to go?

      Mendy
      Chilwell Cancelo Kilman Lamptey
      Sterling Ziyech KDB Grealish (c)
      DCL Jimenez

      Walton; Burke Brewster Mitchell

      1. Alex1995
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 14 days ago

        Yep looks good for now

      2. Il Capitano
          3 months, 14 days ago

          GTG

      3. Puntillimon
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 14 days ago

        On WC - Fill in the blanks

        Martinez Forster
        Chilwell cancelo kilman coufal ____
        Ziyech grealish ____ _____ ____
        Watkins DCL Werner

        33.3ITB

        1. Pat Bonner
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 14 days ago

          Bruno kdb soucek Cresswell

          1. Puntillimon
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 14 days ago

            Thanks!

        2. Shineonme
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 14 days ago

          Bruno. KdB biss. Cresswell

      4. IRBOX ⚽
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 14 days ago

        Trying again.. it’s faultless isn’t it? Cash ITB for Salah

        Martinez
        Chilwell Cancelo Cresswell
        KDB Bruno Grealish Ziyech
        Richarlison DCL Watkins

        Forster Soucek Kilman Lamptey

        1. Pat Bonner
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 14 days ago

          Template! Does look good. Any cash in bank? Plan to get salah back is only thing I’d have a plan for

          1. IRBOX ⚽
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 14 days ago

            Post literally says cash to get Salah.. Ziyech leaves

            1. Pat Bonner
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              3 months, 14 days ago

              Stopped reading when you said it was faultless!

              1. IRBOX ⚽
                • 3 Years
                3 months, 14 days ago

                Just winding you up bro. Appreciate it x

        2. linkafu
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 14 days ago

          GTG

        3. Camzy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 14 days ago

          Cash for Salah but who makes way?

        4. Puntillimon
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 14 days ago

          Your team is similar to mine... rich is flagged id try to get vardy in for the rich run of fixtures. Maybe downgrade cresswell and soucek, sacrifice Bruno/ziyech to jota

          1. IRBOX ⚽
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 14 days ago

            Rich is fine. Cavani is a dirty dog and was given his orders accordingly. Vardy is terrible

            1. No Professionals
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 14 days ago

              Vardy is terrible.

              Last season's top scorer.

              Current top scorer this season.

              1. IRBOX ⚽
                • 3 Years
                3 months, 14 days ago

                Pens.. unsustainable. But good luck with that

                1. No Professionals
                  • 3 Years
                  3 months, 14 days ago

                  yet you like Bruno...

                  1. IRBOX ⚽
                    • 3 Years
                    3 months, 14 days ago

                    Like? I’ve never owned the diving cheat. He is the worst player to watch in the entire league. Even looks like a worm. I’ve never once owned him but the points don’t lie..

                    1. No Professionals
                      • 3 Years
                      3 months, 14 days ago

                      and neither do Vardy's...

                      1. IRBOX ⚽
                        • 3 Years
                        3 months, 14 days ago

                        Fixtures bad and he is very old. Zimmer frame shortly

        5. JIMMY764
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 14 days ago

          Very nice. Who goes for Salah?

          1. JIMMY764
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 14 days ago

            Just seen Ziyech above.

        6. Shineonme
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 14 days ago

          Wouldn't say faultless. No vardy or werner for gw 9

        7. LegendMoon
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 14 days ago

          All i'd change is Cresswell to Coufal but that's just personal choice, nice team

        8. Inazuma X1
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 14 days ago

          No Hames will hurt, their next 3 fixtures are great.

          Ziyech to Hames for now, wouldn't double up on Chelsea with their fixtures

          1. IRBOX ⚽
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 14 days ago

            Rich/DCL more than adequate. James fitness in the physicality of the league has been questionable and I’m a huge Everton fan (see the grav)

            1. Inazuma X1
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 14 days ago

              Rich is flagged may not play. I would get Vardy instead of Rich

              1. IRBOX ⚽
                • 3 Years
                3 months, 14 days ago

                Course he will. Minor knock in a bad tackle from Cavani. Ancelotti will say he is available. Fancy him to score a hat-trick soon

        9. Olson
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 14 days ago

          Perfectly balanced sh1t from front to back. Literally the single worst team I have seen in over 20 years fantasy football experience. Jamie Vardy to outscore your front 3 this week and as usual we will have to be here to pick up the pieces.

      5. Alex1995
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 14 days ago

        Anything worth a hit here this week? 3.1 ITB

        Martinez
        Robbo Cresswell Chilwell
        Bruno Zaha Grealish Son
        Kane DCL Bamford

        Planning to bring in KDB/Sterling for Son next week atm

      6. linkafu
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 14 days ago

        Rashford or Bruno?

        1. GreennRed
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 14 days ago

          Bruno.

        2. IRBOX ⚽
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 14 days ago

          Both

          1. IRBOX ⚽
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 14 days ago

            But Bruno

        3. Totti
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 14 days ago

          bruno

      7. Totti
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 14 days ago

        martinez 4.0
        chillwill reguilon saiss justin dunne
        salah son barnes fornals burke
        kane jimenez DCL

        1Ft 1.1 itb

        A) salah son barnes -> bruno KDB barkely (-8) and next week saiss and jimenez -> 4.7 and vardy
        B) other suggestion

        need your help guys

        1. linkafu
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 14 days ago

          -4 max. Son and Barnes could outscore KdB Brakley this GW

          1. Totti
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 14 days ago

            i need to get bruno KDB and vardy
            for the coming weeks
            what do u think

            1. linkafu
              • 1 Year
              3 months, 14 days ago

              Salah to Bruno this week for free
              Jimenez to Vardy for free next week

              Then Saiss + Son to 4.7 + KDB

              1. Totti
                • 4 Years
                3 months, 14 days ago

                but this means that i'll get KDB on gamweek 11 after burnley game

                1. linkafu
                  • 1 Year
                  3 months, 14 days ago

                  If you really want him for that game then go for the -8.

      8. linkafu
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 14 days ago

        Does someone feel a Martial festival this GW?

        1. Kannbury
            3 months, 14 days ago

            Am chancing him as captain.

          • Totti
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 14 days ago

            yes may be 🙂
            but it's very risky

          • Max City
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 14 days ago

            Does not Man United usually fail against a sit back team?

            1. IRBOX ⚽
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 14 days ago

              WBA are that terrible it’s irrelevant. Spurs on the other hand are a complete basket case against such a defence

          • GreennRed
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 14 days ago

            Will Cavani impact his game time?

        2. Rohirrims
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 14 days ago

          Any trent updates? Would you bin him now or rather bin mitchell if money wasn't the problem for getting a replacement?

          1. linkafu
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 14 days ago

            Mitchell first

            1. linkafu
              • 1 Year
              3 months, 14 days ago

              Trent will play Brighton next GW so you'll prefer to have him than mitch

          2. Pat Bonner
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 14 days ago

            It’s been quiet on taa....not sure Liverpool have even confirmed details of the injury. But reports are he’ll miss a month so he probably has to go given his price

          3. GreennRed
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 14 days ago

            Keep Mitchell, good enabler 5th defender fodder. Money isn't an issue this GW but it's GW9ish.

        3. Bleh
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 14 days ago

          Used 2 FT already to do Trossard & TAA > Grealish & Cresswell. Anything here worth a -4 in your opinion?

          A. Salah > KDB
          B. Salah > Bruno
          C. Salah > Ziyech
          D. Salah > Jota
          E. Bench and save

          Current team:
          Martinez
          Lamptey, KWP, Cresswell, Chilwell
          Grealish, J.Rod, Son
          Kane DCL Wilson

          Subs: Steer, Salah, Mitchell, Stephens

          1. linkafu
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 14 days ago

            B

          2. Max City
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 14 days ago

            E

        4. FPL Froggies
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          3 months, 14 days ago

          Hi All,

          FPL Froggies is a new created weekly French-speaking Podcast (link in profile) which will contain in every episode a specific section dedicated to a French speaking player or a player/coach who has played in la Ligue 1.

          We will translate this section into English every week and share it on the FF Scout forum so as our insight can be understood by you all.

          After having assessed Cavani’s and Zouma’s potential last weeks, we have decided this week to look into Leicester Youri Tielemans’ FPL appeal (stats from FF Scout member area)

          Youri Tielemans is a 23 yo Belgian player who made the move from AS Monaco to Leicester in 2018. There is not much valuable info we could extract from Tielemans time at AS Monaco, mainly because he was caught into a very stormy period of time for the white and red which saw Henry replacing Jardim as a coach which turned to be a big fail. Although Tielemans had known Henry as a staff member for the Belgian team for two years prior to his arrival at Monaco, he failed to connect with Henry and establish himself as a leader in a drifting team.

          It did not take long for Tielemans to get used to the Premier League. His first season saw him scoring 1 goal and setting up 3 assists in 9 appearances.
          The next season saw him establishing himself as a real force in Brendan Roger’s eleven . Tielemans started 32 matches (+ 5 sub in), scored 3 goals (xG 2.68) and registered 6 assists (xA 3.75).

          This season Tielemans has started and finished the whole 8 first games of PL registering 3 goals (2 penalties when Vardy was off the pitch + one goal in open play - xG 2.39) and no assist so far.
          It has also to be noted Youri scored two times during this international break with Belgium.

          Now, the question is: with Leicester entering from gameweek 10 onwards a series of 3 home games in 4 gameweeks (FUL-shu-BHA-EVE) could Tielemans be a great differential to consider?

          Tielemans currently has an xG of 2.39 and an xA of 0.66. Although he is on corners, none of the 29 he took led to a goal so far. Leicester sits among the worst team in the league for corner conversion (the injuries of Soyunçu and Evans might have something to do with it). Two of his goals came from penalties when Vardy had been subbed off but what is currently bothering us is his heat map and percentage of touches into the opponent’s side of the pitch. Tielemans only play 56% of his touches into the opponent’s half. As a comparison, Jota plays 75% of his balls into the opponent’s half, 74% for Bowen and 77% for his team mate Harvey Barnes. This is clearly a concern.

          We could argue that in the mid-price bracket, it’s a player with 53% of his touches into the opponent’s half that leads the table (JWP). But this player is lethal when it comes to free kicks, corners and is on penalties. Plus, it is very likely Maddison will soon take some free kicks and corner duties from Tielemans so looking deeper into the data and although fixtures are great, Tielemans seems like a very very punty pick that could potentially pay-off in the very short term but there are many other better options at this price range.

          1. Fulchester's New Centr…
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 14 days ago

            Lovely stuff.

            But ultimately a no then.

            1. FPL Froggies
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              3 months, 14 days ago

              Yeah we think so in the long term. Tielemans probably has to be put into the "wrong good idea" folder although his positionning on the field has to be monitored. Rogers might want to get more out of him as he can clearly be dangerous from the 20-30m distance range.

              1. Fulchester's New Centr…
                • 3 Years
                3 months, 14 days ago

                Thanks, yes, the time to get him in was probably January 2019

          2. KLOPPS AND ROBBERS... the s…
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 14 days ago

            Like it.
            Look forward to more of the same

        5. Max City
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 14 days ago

          which transfer worth a hit?

          A) Foden >> Grealish
          B) Son >> Bruno/ KdB/ Grealish/ Ziyech
          C) Salah >> Bruno/ KdB

          1. Totti
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 14 days ago

            A
            C with bruno this gameweek

          2. Fulchester's New Centr…
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 14 days ago

            A

          3. tomasjj
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 14 days ago

            Not sure I would do any of those for a hit.

          4. Shineonme
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 14 days ago

            A only because I don't think foden starts the weekend.

        6. Camzy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 14 days ago

          Which trio is better for GW10?

          A) Foden, Sterling, Justin
          B) Torres, Cancelo, Son

          Planning to take a -4 to get to either combo.

          1. Fulchester's New Centr…
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 14 days ago

            B looks much better

          2. Miguel Sanchez
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 14 days ago

            B - like that Torres punt

          3. linkafu
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 14 days ago

            B

          4. Max City
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 14 days ago

            The one with Cancelo and without Foden

          5. IRBOX ⚽
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 14 days ago

            Neither. Foden/Torres both terrible options

          6. Inazuma X1
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 14 days ago

            Both options are bad imo

            1. IRBOX ⚽
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 14 days ago

              This!

            2. Camzy
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              3 months, 14 days ago

              I don't think this is true. But what would you do then:

              Have: Foden, Son, Semedo.

              Willing to take a -4. Want more City and have some $$ ITB.

              1. IRBOX ⚽
                • 3 Years
                3 months, 14 days ago

                KDB the obvious solution

                1. Camzy
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 10 Years
                  3 months, 14 days ago

                  I already have him ofc 🙂

                  KdB, Grealish, Rashford midfield that I'm not moving.

                  1. IRBOX ⚽
                    • 3 Years
                    3 months, 14 days ago

                    Sterling the only other City asset worth having then, along with Cancelo. All three will be in my squad GW10

              2. Inazuma X1
                • 3 Years
                3 months, 14 days ago

                I wouldn't touch Torres just yet.

                Cancelo + KDB + 6m mid? not sure how much is left over

                1. Camzy
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 10 Years
                  3 months, 14 days ago

                  Already will have KdB. Doing Salah > KdB this week.

                  Which means next week I'm planning to bring in extra City guys.

                  1. Inazuma X1
                    • 3 Years
                    3 months, 14 days ago

                    I'd double up on their defence then somehow - Dias + Cancelo

              3. GreennRed
                • 9 Years
                3 months, 14 days ago

                Do you think City will be a good cleansheet bet?

          7. Shineonme
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 14 days ago

            B

        7. tomasjj
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 14 days ago

          a) Wilson fit to play?

          b) Son to KDB or Bruno?

          1. Fulchester's New Centr…
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 14 days ago

            a. Dunno, sorry
            b. Kevin

            1. tomasjj
              • 6 Years
              3 months, 14 days ago

              Thanks!

          2. Shineonme
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 14 days ago

            ?
            KdB

            1. tomasjj
              • 6 Years
              3 months, 14 days ago

              Thanks!

        8. Couch Potato
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 14 days ago

          Either of these worth a -4 (+ extra funds ITB)?

          A Son => Ziyech
          B Wilson => Watkins

          1. Fulchester's New Centr…
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 14 days ago

            B definitely is if he is not fit

          2. Max City
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 14 days ago

            I don't think I would do any of those moves with a -4

          3. linkafu
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 14 days ago

            None

          4. Camzy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            3 months, 14 days ago

            B is worth if Wilson is injured.

          5. Couch Potato
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 14 days ago

            Thanks guys

            A. So, Son => Ziyech can wait a week!!

            B. Really don't like taking hits, but if Wilson is unfit my likely substitutes are Bissouma/Lamptey.

        9. IRBOX ⚽
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 14 days ago

          Richarlison (C) gaining traction for my squad

          1. LegendMoon
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 14 days ago

            Stick with Bruno or Grealish

          2. Fulchester's New Centr…
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 14 days ago

            Looks like he'll be fit so why not

        10. 03farmboy
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 14 days ago

          Who’s the best captain option this weekend?
          Also is it worth taking a -4 on Salah or keep him?

          1. Fulchester's New Centr…
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 14 days ago

            This is the week to do something radical with (c) - Bruno, Grealish, even DCL or Rich

            Depends, I'm not, but plenty are

        11. fpork
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 14 days ago

          Currently on this team with 2FT and 2.7 ITB:
          Martínez (Martin)
          Chilwell, Lamptey, Walker-Peters, Robertson (Branthwaite)
          Son, Soucek, Grealish, Zaha (Salah)
          Kane, Calvert-Lewin (Brewster)

          Would you do Salah->Mane this week? Not sure what else to do with the FT...

          1. Fulchester's New Centr…
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 14 days ago

            If I was getting Mo out I'd go Kev or Bruno.
            You happy to keep Robbo?

            1. fpork
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              3 months, 14 days ago

              Yes, I don't see Robertson as my main concern now if he plays. Probably I will move him to Cancelo in some GWs.

              Since Salah is not playing, and I have a FT to burn I am thinking he could go. Reason I go for Mane, is because I plan to do Son to KDB and maybe Zaha to Ziyech later. Then I could keep Mane even when Salah is back, if that seems like the better option.

        12. jimbo90
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 14 days ago

          Martinez
          Chilwell Taylor Lamptey (TAA Mitchell)
          Grealish Ziyech Bruno Son Podence
          Kane DCL (Brewster)

          2.1ITB / 0 FT

          Worth sticking here or potentially replacing TAA with Cancelo for -4?

          1. fpork
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 14 days ago

            I would save. Chances of Cancelo CS is not great, and for a -4?

          2. Fulchester's New Centr…
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 14 days ago

            Tricky, yes as Trent's out and lost value

          3. jimbo90
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 14 days ago

            Thats my point yeah, its a tough one. Perhaps Telles could be a shout?

            1. Fulchester's New Centr…
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 14 days ago

              PVA - you already have his cover in Mitchell too

        13. InvertedWinger
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 14 days ago

          Im struggling to decide which one goes from my WC team, Any help is appreciated:
          KDB Bruno Grealish Ziyech James Rodriguez (would go after the next 2 to raise money for Mo)
          Vardy Watkins DCL

          1. Max City
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 14 days ago

            Rodriguez

          2. Fulchester's New Centr…
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 14 days ago

            Hrod as you're planning to dump soon anyway

            1. InvertedWinger
              • 5 Years
              3 months, 14 days ago

              But.. those next 2 look so good!

              1. Fulchester's New Centr…
                • 3 Years
                3 months, 14 days ago

                No, look at your front 7 without him and you already have Dom

                1. InvertedWinger
                  • 5 Years
                  3 months, 14 days ago

                  Makes sense. Thank you.

          3. Henrik Larsson
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            3 months, 14 days ago

            Everton have been poor last 3 GWs....... I can see them continuing to struggle.

        14. Max City
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 14 days ago

          Who would you bench for GW9:

          A) Justin
          B) Lamptey
          C) Son

          1. RAFA THE GAFFA
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 14 days ago

            A

          2. Hits from the Bong
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 14 days ago

            A

          3. Fulchester's New Centr…
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 14 days ago

            Justin

          4. Shineonme
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 14 days ago

            A

        15. Black Knights
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 14 days ago

          Castagne, Pereira, Fofana all in training. If they're ready to go, and Evans is OK, that leaves one slot for Fuchs or Justin while Soyuncu is out. Fuchs being a bigger unit could be more suited to LCB.

          Reckon Justin should be ditched on WC?

          1. Fulchester's New Centr…
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 14 days ago

            I do, it was always going to happen

            1. Black Knights
              • 9 Years
              3 months, 14 days ago

              Yeah was just a case of hanging in there as long as we could ride it, but full team training means starts soon, and insecurity for Justin. No point having a rotation risk in your WC team so will move him on.

          2. Inazuma X1
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 14 days ago

            Pereira won't start

            1. Black Knights
              • 9 Years
              3 months, 14 days ago

              This week, maybe not. But it's a bit worrying to hold Justin got 10-12 with Pereira back in the squad.

        16. dbeck
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 14 days ago

          Right, tinker i think done, now just deciding if I need to pull the trigger

          WC:
          Martinez (Button)
          PVA Chillwell Cancelo (KWP, Lewis)
          Ziyech KDB Bruno Grealish (Soucek)
          Bamford Richarlison DCL

          2.3itb, some will be kept back to have my route of Bruno to Mo

          Current team
          Mendy (Button)
          Bellerin Dallas KWP (Mitchell Saiss)
          Salah Lookman Grealish Son Sterling
          Werner DCL (Brewster)

          1ft which is likely to be Salah to bruno and then one of Saiss to Chillwell or Brewster to Bamford for a -4

          Should i just hit or is it actual WC time?

          1. Black Knights
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 14 days ago

            Chance to tidy up Dallas, Mitchell, Saiss, Lookman, Brewster, Salah who would all be transfers waiting to happen in the coming weeks anyway. Pull the trigger.

            1. dbeck
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 14 days ago

              and Bellerin and Son medium term dont look great

              1. Black Knights
                • 9 Years
                3 months, 14 days ago

                I had 2 FTs and Saiss, TAA, Dier, Salah, Podence, Wilson and decided i was going to be juggling priority transfers for 2-3 weeks with hits so just wanted to tidy it all up and activated WC on Monday. Missed some rises but sod it, saved me at least consecutive -4s and headaches.

                1. dbeck
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  3 months, 14 days ago

                  yeah 75% there to wildcard

          2. Fulchester's New Centr…
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 14 days ago

            WC, you know you want to

        17. RAFA THE GAFFA
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 14 days ago

          Morning all. A or B here?

          So A or B?

          A. Salah >> Bruno(C)
          Take a hit to get KDB next GW.

          B. Salah >> KDB (unsure on Captain?)

          McCarthy
          Chilwell, Saiss, Cresswell
          Salah*, Son, Ziyech, Rodríguez, Grealish
          Kane, DCL
          (Nyland, Mitchell*, Justin, Davis)

          1. dbeck
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 14 days ago

            B and cap DCL

          2. LegendMoon
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 14 days ago

            It's a B from me

            1. RAFA THE GAFFA
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 14 days ago

              Who to then Captain?

              1. LegendMoon
                • 3 Years
                3 months, 14 days ago

                Grealish, he's in amazing form

          3. Hits from the Bong
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 14 days ago

            B if you can afford him, I went Bruno because I couldn’t

            1. RAFA THE GAFFA
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 14 days ago

              Can afford anyone with a Salah downgrade. Need to then consider how he comes back in. Possibly on WC

          4. Fulchester's New Centr…
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 14 days ago

            B. cap DCL (at least 1 goal) or Grealish (something more exciting)

        18. Hits from the Bong
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 14 days ago

          Good to go? Bruno or Grealish captain?

          Martinez
          Chilwell Bellerin Coufal
          Salah Bruno Son Rodriguez Grealish
          Kane DCL

          Steer Brewster Nico Mitchell

          1. LegendMoon
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 14 days ago

            looks good, surely Bruno

        19. Dark Side Of The Loon!
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 14 days ago

          For a -4, Salah to:

          A) Bruno (Have Martial)
          B) Mane
          C) Bench and play Podence

          1. GreennRed
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 14 days ago

            A

          2. Couch Potato
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 14 days ago

            A and captain him

        20. De Gea is GOAT
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 14 days ago

          What to do here guys?

          A) Salah to Bruno/KDB
          B) Mitchell to another 4.5
          C) Upgrade Dunne to possibly Kilman
          D) Hold FT and just take Alazates 2 pnts

          Ryan
          Robbo Chilwell Taylor
          Salah* Grealish Bowen Son
          DCL Bamford Kane

          Alzate Dunne Mitchell

          1. De Gea is GOAT
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 14 days ago

            Or should i say Alzates 0 points lol

          2. LegendMoon
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 14 days ago

            Mitchell to Coufal

            1. De Gea is GOAT
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 14 days ago

              Thanks mate.