Scout Notes

Haller impresses for West Ham as recovering Antonio waits in the wings

Sheff Utd 0-1 West Ham

  • Goals: Sebastien Haller (£6.1m)
  • Assists: Pablo Fornals (£6.4m)
  • Bonus Points: Haller x3, Lukasz Fabianski x2 (£5.0m), Aaron Cresswell x1 (£5.1m), Arthur Masuaku x1 (£4.5m)

A sweet strike from Sebastien Haller (£6.1m) secured a second-straight win for West Ham as Sheffield United’s start to the season remained on the wrong side of hellish.

The striker blasted home from the edge of the area after the ball fell to him courtesy of a Pablo Fornals (£6.4m) ricochet, consigning the Blades to a fourth consecutive defeat their enterprise probably did not merit.

Chris Wilder’s side might have been out-shot 15-9 by the visitors, but they forced Lukasz Fabianski (£5.0m) into five saves and would have had at least a point from the encounter had Oli McBurnie (£5.7m) not hit the woodwork when put clean through.

That lack of ruthlessness is the reason why United have managed only four goals from nine winless matches this season, while their zero clean sheets adds another layer to the Fantasy disinterest in their players at present.

Haller of Fame

The same cannot be said of the Hammers.

Having survived and thrived during a brutal opening run of fixtures, their assets have started on a kinder schedule by winning 1-0 win for two Gameweeks in a row.

Even a hamstring injury to key striker Michail Antonio (£62m) has not disrupted David Moyes’ men too badly, with stand-in Haller putting in a fine shift at Bramall Lane.

West Ham’s replacement striker is owned by just 0.3% in Fantasy Premier League (FPL) and that figure is unlikely to rise on the back of one, albeit excellent, performance.

Moyes was happy to praise Haller post-match.

“He came back from international duty and I could sense in the two days we had back training that he had a spring in his step. His confidence seemed up and we’re really pleased with that. He’s showing signs now, and like today’s goal, we want him to get more goals and to be more involved in the build up play and stronger in some situations.” – David Moyes

But the manager’s recent update on Antonio’s fitness suggests there will soon be competition for the lone striker role and it’s a contest the Englishman will probably win based on his form this calendar year.

“Michail is back training. He’s getting much closer (to full fitness) that’s for sure. He’s a really important player to the team and how we play. If we can get him back, good, but I don’t want to say if we can because at the moment we’re not quite sure if he’s ready yet.” – David Moyes

Gameweek 10’s visit of Aston Villa might be too soon for an Antonio start, but a return to the match-day squad looks ever likelier. Yet another week where many Fantasy eyes will be on Moyes’ pre-match press conference.

Midfield Mayhem

Fortunately for Fantasy managers looking for differentials, investment in West Ham players remains low. Defender Aaron Cresswell (£5.1m) is by far and away the most popular pick with 9.3% ownership.

But the side’s midfielders continue to offer attacking potential for relatively low prices.

As explained in more detail in the Premium Members analysis above, Bowen carries a clear offensive threat, but at present it is Fornals who leads the midfield pack with 48 points and a goal and an assist from his last three starts.

The budget appeal of Tomas Soucek (£4.9m) has made him the most-owned of the Hammers’ middle men and his 3.0% following should have seen him add to Gameweek 8’s first goal of the season, only for him to blow a superb chance in the first half on Sunday when set up by Haller’s astute header.

Few Shall Pass

It would not be a Moyes team without some of his focus being on the backline.

“We’re not going to do well enough if we don’t defend well enough, and we’ve started to pick up a few clean sheets, so long may that continue.” – David Moyes

West Ham are currently joint-top for clean sheets this season, with four, and only two teams have conceded fewer goals than the 10 they’ve shipped thus far.

Vladimir Coufal (£4.6m) was the first to work Sheffield keeper Aaron Ramsdale (£4.8m) on Sunday and he also chipped in with three chances created.

It was Cresswell and Arthur Masuaku (£4.5m) who brought in bonus to go with their clean sheet points, however.

Cresswell is currently the only West Ham player in the top 30 for Gameweek 10 transfers-in, putting him on course for a seventh straight rise in ownership.

But West Ham’s immediate schedule is, arguably, not quite as attractive as it might seem at first glance.

Their next two home opponents, Villa and then Manchester United, have performed better on the road, and the three fixtures that follow (Leeds (away), Crystal Palace (home), Chelsea (away)) are likely to be tight and tough affairs.

Picking clean sheet and attacking returns out of that lot looks tricky, although the relatively low prices of West Ham assets should still tempt many.

Wilder’s Woes

The temptation regarding Sheffield United players is to bin them off – if you haven’t done so already, that is.

Next Saturday’s trip to West Brom already looks like a must-win game for a team suffering badly from the absence of key players, with the long-term injury to Jack O’Connell (£4.8m) a particular issue for a defence that was so resolute last season.

Only Rhian Brewster (£4.5m and 6.1%) has significant ownership levels, but he’s struggling to even hold down a regular starting berth, which makes his cheap and cheerless status a perfect metaphor for the team as a whole.

Wilder is not about to throw in the towel.

“There’s a long way to go. Without being disrespectful to some of the places this football club has had to go, it is no good taking a backwards step and feeling sorry for yourself.” – Chris Wilder

But without being disrespectful to his players, Fantasy managers are unlikely to be joining them on their journey any time soon.

Sheffield United (5-3-2): Ramsdale; Baldock, Egan, Ampadu (Robinson 62), Basham (Lundstram 76), Lowe; Berge, Norwood (Brewster 65), Fleck; McBurnie, McGoldrick.

West Ham (3-4-2-1): Fabianski; Cresswell, Balbuena, Ogbonna; Coufal, Rice, Soucek, Masuaku; Bowen (Noble 90+2), Fornals (Lanzini 76); Haller.

Lessons Learned from FPL Gameweek 9

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1,490 Comments Post a Comment
  1. dshv
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 5 days ago

    71 points
    1.7mil rank

    Can i see a rank green arrow ??

    1. turd ferguson
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 5 days ago

      100%

    2. g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 5 days ago

      Easily

    3. BenDavies
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 5 days ago

      Livefpl.net

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

    Saiss and Podence to Cancelo and Jota worth a hit? Or just sort Saiss out now and worry about Podence later?

    1. turd ferguson
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 5 days ago

      I like those moves

  3. BenDavies
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 5 days ago

    Into the top 10k after Taylor, McCarthy and KWP masterclasses. 17k to 8k!

    1. FPL_DON
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 5 days ago

      fair play mate!!

    2. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 5 days ago

      Nice going kid, well done

    3. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 5 days ago

      Color me jealous. I'm struggling to stay in the top 1M.

    4. Il Capitano
        2 months, 5 days ago

        Tidy

    5. Hryszko
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 5 days ago

      Zaha & Podence are my biggest issues... what to do, got 0.2m in the bank?

      Someone help me out.

      Martinez (Steer)
      Coufal - Cancelo - Dallas (Taylor & Lamptey)
      Salah - KDB - Zaha - Podence (Burke)
      DCL - Kane - Werner

      1. Who are all Lukakus
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 5 days ago

        Jota + Grealish no brainer?

        1. Hryszko
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 5 days ago

          Not a no brainier, can’t afford?

        2. Hryszko
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 5 days ago

          -1.2m off hah

      2. Il Capitano
          2 months, 5 days ago

          I take it you can't afford a straight swap Zaha > Grealish? If that's the case, maybe Pod > Soucek + Zaha > Grealish?

      3. Fernando Torres
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 5 days ago

        Whats better this week?

        A) James Rodriguez
        B) Vardy (-4)

        Would capt Vardy, A I would captain DCL/Bruno

      4. Fit_to_drop
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 5 days ago

        Cant see a transfer here. Know I don’t own Vardy or City asset but can’t see how?

        GK: Martínez
        DEF: Cresswell Robertson Chilwell
        MID: Zaha Son Salah Grealish
        FWD: Calvert-Lewin Kane Bamford

        BENCH: Forster Kilman Bissouma Mitchell

        2FTs, 1.9m ITB, TV: 103.7

        1. Zim0
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 5 days ago

          Um well ur priority should be zaha out since he has covid and will probably not be ready for the friday kickoff.

          1. Fit_to_drop
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 5 days ago

            Yeah Zaha to Ziyech or Jota is the only move I can see. Thanks

            1. Zim0
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 5 days ago

              U could do kane to vardy as well if u really want Vardy for captaincy. Son is the more important of the 2 anyways

        2. Bobby Digital
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 5 days ago

          Can't have them all...

        3. turd ferguson
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 5 days ago

          Good team.

          Zaha out maybe? And Cancelo for Creswell

      5. Bobby Digital
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 5 days ago

        Tough season this is. Will continue playing the fixtures even if it hasn't worked that well this season.
        Waddabout you?

        1. turd ferguson
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 5 days ago

          Form for me but big fixture swing now

        2. BenDavies
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 5 days ago

          Has to be a mixture. If a player is performing against everyone, like Son and Kane, think you have to be wary.

        3. Giggs Boson
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 5 days ago

          The hard part is deciding what a good fixture is.

          West Brom have looked very tough to break down against both Spurs and United now. It's put a lower ceiling on attacking players facing them.

      6. turd ferguson
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 5 days ago

        McCarthy
        Digne James chilwell Mitchell Kilman
        Salah Bruno Son Greilish bissouma
        Kane Bamford DCL

        Are there any stand out transfer that could be made?

        All I can think is:
        James > Justin?

        Thanks

        1. Bobby Digital
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 5 days ago

          Justins time is up soon. Pereira nearing fitness

        2. Couch Potato
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 5 days ago

          James to Cancelo?

      7. Ronny Sandstone
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 5 days ago

        Thinking Bruno & Brewster out for Vardy & Torres (or anyone up to 6.9) would have to do it tonight, not one single person in my mini league has Bruno so not really worried about getting shot tbh

        Has to be tonight these moves as money is bang-on (also allows me to keep Kane/Son) this way, WC still in tact to get Salah eventually/fix damage

        Sterling - Son - Grealish - Torres?
        DCL - Kane - Vardy?

        Anygood?

        1. lugs
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 5 days ago

          looks good, Barnes is 6.9 too if you fancy the double up

          1. Ronny Sandstone
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 5 days ago

            Sorry only seen your reply, yes Barnes is a good call too! Hmmm

        2. Ronny Sandstone
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 5 days ago

          Realised I could get Jota instead of Torres, might go with this

      8. Steve McCroskey
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 5 days ago

        Bruno and Kane > Salah and Vardy for free?

        1. Fudgy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 5 days ago

          Could easily backfire

        2. Fit_to_drop
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 5 days ago

          Asking to be burnt. Not saying KDB and Vardy aren’t good signings. They are. But you are selling two in-form players.

        3. Original Pirate Material
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 5 days ago

          Why get rid of Bruno, creative hub.

      9. POTATO
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        2 months, 5 days ago

        Yet another small potatoes week.

        Martinez (Forster)
        Chilwell - Cresswell - Robertson - Kilman - Mitchell
        Salah - B Fernandes - J Rodriguez - Zaha - Podence
        Kane - Bamford - Watkins
        0.4itb 1FT

        Trying to figure out which is more important:

        - Would like to get rid of Podence
        - Need to replace Zaha probably. Have exact money for Grealish or?
        - Want Vardy GW10
        - Feel I'm missing out not having DCL

        (-4) hit okay by me, suggestions welcome as always.

        1. BeWater
            2 months, 5 days ago

            Grealish move is a decent idea.

          • El Fenomeno R9
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 5 days ago

            This would be my 3 next moves Bruno + Zaha + Podence > KDB/Sterling + Grealish + fodder 4.5

            Check Salah + KDB/Sterling rotation (C)

          • POTATO
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            2 months, 5 days ago

            Thanks, will prioritise replacing Zaha rather than aggressively changing forwards

        2. Og
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 5 days ago

          Jimi to:

          DCL
          Bamford
          Wilson

          1. BENOIT
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 5 days ago

            Not Wilson

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

            Vardy

          3. Boss Hogg
            • 11 Years
            2 months, 5 days ago

            DCL

          4. POTATO
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            2 months, 5 days ago

            I'm finding not having DCL is hurting

          5. El Fenomeno R9
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 5 days ago

            DCL

          6. Original Pirate Material
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 5 days ago

            Dom.

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

          Does anyone know how often the 'projections' stats in the members area get updated?

        4. Boss Hogg
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 5 days ago

          Play Zouma or Coufal this week?

          1. Original Pirate Material
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 5 days ago

            Coufal.

        5. El Fenomeno R9
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 5 days ago

          Damn stuck on this,dont want to lose Son but Rash has better fixtures and DGW...

          A) Rash ➡️ KDB

          B) Son ➡️ Sterling (0.1 off KDB)

          Martinez
          Chilwell - Bellerin - Ayling
          Mane - Son - Rashford - Bowen - Grealish
          Kane - DCL

          Brewster - Lamptey - Mitchell

          1. Original Pirate Material
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 5 days ago

            What GW is the DGW?

            1. El Fenomeno R9
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 5 days ago

              No idea

        6. You've got red on you.
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 5 days ago

          Too early for Aguero? Is he fit again?

          Trossard and Jimenez ---> Aguero and Barnes?

          Good shout?

          1. Boss Hogg
            • 11 Years
            2 months, 5 days ago

            Maybe go Vardy this week and keep an eye on swapping him to Aguero in a week or two.

            1. Croaker
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 5 days ago

              This

            2. You've got red on you.
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 5 days ago

              Good idea 🙂

          2. KAPTAIN KANE
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 5 days ago

            See how many mins he gets midweek

        7. KAPTAIN KANE
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 5 days ago

          Madness?

          DCL & Rodriguez to Vardy & KdB

          1. KAPTAIN KANE
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 5 days ago

            (-4)

          2. You've got red on you.
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 5 days ago

            I prefer the second two but maybe wait one week and do it for free?

            1. KAPTAIN KANE
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 5 days ago

              Possibly, have money ITB to do one of them at least

          3. Noah’s Ark
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 5 days ago

            I wouldn’t lose DCL personally but could work out well

            1. KAPTAIN KANE
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 5 days ago

              Cheers, it’s the only way I can see I can get Vardy and KdB. Unless I sell Bruno

          4. wulfranian
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 5 days ago

            Madness

            1. KAPTAIN KANE
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 5 days ago

              Thanks

          5. Street Friend
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 5 days ago

            Selling DCL seems like a bold move

        8. Gabbiadini
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 5 days ago

          Zaha a must trade... i.e. how many weeks will he likely miss?
          7.4 in price but only worth 7.2 in my team so something there that may be worth holding.

        9. Iceball
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 5 days ago

          Finally time for Sterling to shine...captain!?

          1. Giggs Boson
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 5 days ago

            I fancy KDB against the Burnley low block.

            These kind of games tend to favour the deeper playmakers over the penetrative speedsters.

            1. Nanoelektronicar
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              2 months, 5 days ago

              Hattrick last time in the cup. But that was probably weakened Burnley side.

              Crazy idea: Soucek and Kane to KDB and Welbeck (have just 6.0 to spend, could go either him or Adams). (-4)

          2. Street Friend
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 5 days ago

            Worth the punt....plenty of captain options this week so why not

          3. Il Capitano
              2 months, 5 days ago

              Think I'll take a chance with Sterling (C) too

          4. Noah’s Ark
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 5 days ago

            Is this -8 madness?

            Amartey, James Rod and Werner
            To
            Cancelo, Kdb and Brewster

            Switch from 353 to 442?

            1. Noah’s Ark
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 5 days ago

              Bearing in mind I have no playing bench

              1. Iceball
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                2 months, 5 days ago

                If no playing bench you dont wanna add Brewster to that mess

            2. Noah’s Ark
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 5 days ago

              Never mind I already don’t like it.

          5. wulfranian
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 5 days ago

            Rashford owners what's your plan?

            1. lugs
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 5 days ago

              keeping for this week, but he's on my chopping block for sure

            2. El Fenomeno R9
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 5 days ago

              Between him and Son out,very hard

            3. Street Friend
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 5 days ago

              I'd look to get rid of him as soon as possible......

            4. Giggs Boson
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 5 days ago

              Keeping for sure.

              Saints, City, & Leeds are games he should thrive in.

          6. Street Friend
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 5 days ago

            Help please, chose 4 to start. Have a few players playing against each other in all likelihood;

            A Coady (ars)
            B Mitchel (NEW)
            C Zouma (TOT)
            D Dier (che)
            E Coufal (AVL)
            F Klich (eve)

            rest of my team
            McCarthy
            KDB Bruno Salah
            DCL Vardy Watkins

            1. Boss Hogg
              • 11 Years
              2 months, 5 days ago

              ACEF

              1. Street Friend
                • 9 Years
                2 months, 5 days ago

                Thank you. Interesting you rank Chelsea defence above spurs..(considering spurs attack in that and Chelsea attack)

                1. Boss Hogg
                  • 11 Years
                  2 months, 5 days ago

                  I’ve based it on the set piece threat mainly. I think both sides will score.

          7. Boss Hogg
            • 11 Years
            2 months, 5 days ago

            Who, in your opinion, is the worst player in the premier league?

            I’ll kick things off by nominating Ivan Cavaleiro. Nothing to do with his comedy penalty yesterday. He just looks like a really poor footballer whenever I see him. I don’t think I’ve ever seen him beat a man, his decision making is terrible, and he just looks out of his depth.

            1. KAPTAIN KANE
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 5 days ago

              Harry Maguire

              1. Boss Hogg
                • 11 Years
                2 months, 5 days ago

                Oh come on!

            2. Shark Team
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 5 days ago

              Hector Fulham

              1. Boss Hogg
                • 11 Years
                2 months, 5 days ago

                Yeah. He is also very poor.

            3. CROYDON DE BRUYNE
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 5 days ago

              Harry Winks, okay not the worst but playing in a side way about his level, would struggle to start for Fulham.

            4. Jordan.
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 11 Years
              2 months, 4 days ago

              christian benteke ,emperor of crap,has been for years,in any other industry he would be long gone,staggering really....

          8. Shark Team
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 5 days ago

            Great to have fans back

            1. Boss Hogg
              • 11 Years
              2 months, 5 days ago

              I’m having 4,000 round mine for Christmas to watch me and Mrs Hogg play elite charades.

          9. MikeLowrey
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 5 days ago

            Want Salah back but can't see an option. Roll the FT this week?

            Martinez
            Robbo Chilwell Mitchell*
            KDB Son Ziyech Grealish Jota
            Kane DCL

            (Forster KWP Brewster Lamptey)

            1. Iceball
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              2 months, 5 days ago

              Save

          10. Sloane426
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 5 days ago

            Would you WC this team for the fixture swing? Had a good GW but Zaha messes up my plans.
            -McCarthy-
            -Robertson-Chilwell-Justin-
            -Fernandes-Son-Grealish-Zaha-
            -Kane-DCL-Watkins-
            Bench- 4.0-Mitchell-Taylor-Bissouma

            Could get Vardy and Salah in. Man City mid and defender.

          11. Garlana
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 5 days ago

            Saiss to any defender, who?

            Cancello?

            1. Street Friend
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 5 days ago

              If you have enough definitely Cancelo or Dias

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

              Im doing that finally. Cant stand it anymore but always have some other fish to fry

          12. Jdpz
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 5 days ago

            Kane and Podence to Vardy and Grealish is worth a hit?

          13. Nay08
              2 months, 5 days ago

              I have a few questions:
              1. thought on getting sterling over kdb? or is it a good idea to get one of them in the first place? I like city fixtures, but yeah they lack form as of now.
              2. thought about this: plan to bring in kdb/sterling and getting salah back for two of son/ziyech/j.rodriguez. plan to do this on gw10-12.
              so basically the plan is like this:
              gw 10: kdb/sterling in
              gw 11: save ft
              gw 12: salah in and downgrade Robbo to

            • Hryszko
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 5 days ago

              Zaha & Podence to Jota & Soucek?

              Yay or nay