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The Scout Network: Man City – the form vs fixtures debate

Looking at the Season Ticker, everything looks primed for Fantasy Premier League managers to pile in on Manchester City assets.

However, is the Citizens’ form enough to spend so much of your FPL budget on – especially if that also means transferring out one of the in-form options already in your side?

We asked the Scout Network members for their views on Pep Guardiola’s side. Should we buy City players? If we are going to invest, should we be looking at the defensive or attacking options? Or are there still better alternatives elsewhere even with the fixtures as good as they are?

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Signing Cancelo a week before fixture swing can give FPL owners the edge

I’ve played FPL for a very long time. In every season, I have studied the Season Ticker carefully and jumped on premium assets ahead of key fixture swings. At the beginning of this campaign, I remember making a note of the Manchester City fixtures for the next seven weeks, with the exception of the Manchester derby, as a period of set-and-forget Kevin De Bruyne (£11.6m) captain and a need for at least the City double-up, if not the triple-up.

However, City have had their injury issues so far this season. They have also looked a long way short of the side that we as FPL managers have known and loved over the last few years. In order to own De Bruyne, I would need to sell in form players such as Son Heung-min (£9.5m) or Bruno Fernandes (£10.8m) – and this is something I’m not prepared to do.

In Gameweek 10, Manchester City have Burnley, who we have seen in recent games against Spurs and Brighton can sit deep and be resilient when they need to. For me, this is a good opportunity to watch City’s attacking options, particularly when Guardiola looks finally set to have a full complement of attacking options available to him in the shape of Sergio Aguero (£10.3m), Raheem Sterling (£11.5m), Forren Torres (£6.9m) and Gabriel Jesus (£9.3m), as well as a strong squad including both Phil Foden (£6.5m) and Riyad Mahrez (£8.2). It is a good moment to wait for a change of form before heavily investing in premium City options, in my opinion.

I do, however, see a lot of value in investing in Man City’s defensive options – especially Joao Cancelo (£5.5m) – as they have only conceded more than one goal on two occasions this season. Whilst they have only kept two clean sheets in eight games, Cancelo has returned in all bar one of the five matches he has played for City this season through a mix of assists, clean sheets and bonus points. The Portuguese full-back looks to be a great option especially for Gameweek 10, as Burnley hadn’t scored in the four Gameweeks before Monday night’s narrow win.

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Mark Sutherns – FPL BlackBox

We could be at a pivotal moment in the Fantasy season right now. Looking ahead from Gameweek 10 to 16 – the point when the first Wildcard must be played – we see both Liverpool and Man City sitting on top of the Season Ticker.

Our decisions regarding their assets ahead of this spell look crucial. Salah’s seemingly inevitable return to action for the trip to Brighton on Saturday adds complication, but that shouldn’t distract us from the fact that we need to cover City.

Admittedly, the urgency will be questioned given their form and recent loss to Spurs. But even ignoring the short-term fixtures (BUR FUL mun WBA), the data suggests they are more than capable of waking from their Fantasy slumber.

City’s defence has allowed a chance every 12 minutes, a statistic unmatched by any other rearguard. Then, in attack, only Liverpool have created chances more frequently (5.4 mins vs City’s 6.1).

The issue has been the quality of those chances, but I fully expect that to change over this forthcoming run of opponents. One target – Kevin De Bruyne – screams out as the hub and catalyst for City’s potential to improve in front of goal.

Meanwhile, at the back, Pep Guardiola’s side will come up against five of the bottom seven sides for big chances created over the next six Gameweeks. That screams at investment, with Joao Cancelo my preferred target.

Since breaking into Pep’s starting line-up in Gameweek 5, the Portuguese has created a chance for a team-mate every 30 minutes, bettering even De Bruyne (32 mins).

Mark Sutherns – FPL BlackBox

Ted Talks FPL

The Scout Network : Man City - the form vs fixtures debate 2

Above: Ted Talks FPL’s graphic on the chance breakdown for Manchester City assets

With the fixture swing in full flight, I’m definitely targeting City players regardless of their stagnant form. With the excellent match-ups on offer, this is the time when the Citizens’ tour bus is going to get into gear.

City offer an exciting array of talent for us FPL managers to pick from. De Bruyne is the standout pick for me. He dominated the stats against Spurs in Gameweek 9 and was unlucky not to return anything from that game. He is central to everything that City create. Being assured of starts (barring injury), there’s no doubt in my mind that he will be one of the highest points-scorers from now until the end of the calendar year.

Sterling is an intriguing option. Only 4.6% owned, his popularity has dropped along with City’s form – but this could come back with a bang if the left-wing starts motoring. With Aguero and Jesus fit again, Pep has his team back to full strength, which may be more of an issue for Foden given that he has been benched four games in a row and is fighting for his place in the side. He could offer a lot of value at £6.5m if he can get a run going but right now, for me, it’s too risky.

Finally, the defenders. Cancelo and Ruben Dias (5.5m) are the only consistent starters and are priced around the £5.5m mark. The former is probably the most exciting attacking option; he’s no stranger to whipping a cross into the City forwards. The only concern with Cancelo is that when the Gameweeks start coming thick and fast, he may be at risk of rotation with the likes of Oleksandr Zinchenko (£5.5m) waiting in the wings. Dias is probably the more nailed of the two but his only attacking threat is from set pieces. He had a big chance against Spurs and probably should have done better, heading straight at Hugo Lloris (£5.5m). I’ll be doubling up with De Bruyne and Cancelo for the coming weeks – there could be an argument to triple up but I want to wait and see how they get on.

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Above: El Statto’s graph to show players ownership vs points earned – more graphs can be found here

I, like many, got caught in the “sell Son because the fixtures turn” trap and brought in De Bruyne for him ahead of last weekend’s clash. Something isn’t quite right at City at the moment but I’m not too sure what it is. They are obviously missing a fit Aguero to lead the line up front and after rushing him back last time, I think Pep will ease him in more gradually this time around, so I expect it might be another game or two yet before he starts.

Their fixtures are now pretty good for the next five (Burnley/Fulham/Man Utd/WBA/Southampton), so I expect ownership of their players to increase regardless of their form.

For me, De Bruyne is still the obvious pick from City, although he is performing better away from home so far (24 out of 29 points from away games). They have many other great midfield options who on their day are all capable of a big return, but with City, you have to expect rotation, so it’s hard to know just who will play each week and that is why for me De Bruyne is the safe option.

The defence you would expect to keep some clean sheets in the upcoming games and they seem to have now got into a more settled back four with Kyle Walker (£6.1m) and Cancelo at full-back and Dias and Laporte in central defence. Cancelo is the stand-out option having provided returns in 60% of his games so far. He is the one most likely to provide some attacking returns, too, as he is frequently getting into advanced positions.

El Statto

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From a fixture perspective, the case to forgo City assets is very weak. In their next three home games, they play Burnley, Fulham and WBA.
It would be surprising if City do not pick up nine points from those three matches and we should expect City to score more than once in those fixtures.

Unless you do without one other top asset in the form of Mohamed Salah (£12.2m) and/or Bruno Fernandes (£10.5m), it would be difficult to triple up on City players. Given the uncertainty around COVID-19, it would also make sense to focus on just two City assets and work towards having a team of 15 players who are all likely starters.

Cancelo averages a goal every 24.7 games but as a full-back, is always likely to contribute assists from running down the flanks. All things considered, there is very little to separate Cancelo and Dias and they currently both priced at £5.5m. For us, Dias slightly tips the scale as he is more likely to take advantage of set pieces. Also, Dias is always going to be more nailed on than Cancelo, who is, after all, a natural right-back playing on his unfavoured side.

De Bruyne is the most obvious City asset to have as an attacking threat. His stats need no introduction; he was involved in 46 goals in FPL last season and is behind most of City’s set pieces, including penalties. De Bruyne has only missed four Premier League games under the Guardiola regime in which he was not injured. This season, he has played every game when he is fit. He is also the acting club captain and a natural leader on the pitch – making him near-undroppable.

Since Gameweek 5, Foden has struggled for Premier League minutes. The dilemma for FPL managers is whether to spend £6.5m on a player who is never going to be nailed-on in the next few matches but who is always likely to come into the game and get minutes. Among those around Foden’s price range are several starters who have the potential to be more explosive. Liverpool’s Diogo Jota (£6.5m) is one of them and his form and likelihood to play trumps Foden.

Aguero has returned to fitness, making it to the bench in Gameweek 9 against Spurs. The Argentine forward has only played 119 minutes of Premier League football to date and has not made any goal contributions. The most likely way forward for Aguero in the next few games is for Guardiola to utilise him sparingly, not rushing him into action. There is a danger that Aguero won’t get significant game-time over the next two Premier League games but perhaps a return to the starting XI is more likely against Manchester United away in Gameweek 12. At his price point, it makes next-to-no sense to gamble on Aguero just now – a thought echoed by most of FPL given that his ownership is a mere 1.3%.

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There is good value in low-owned Manchester City defensive assets with misfiring Burnley up next. Personally, I don’t need to go there just yet. For anyone on a Wildcard or in need of a replacement, Cancelo or Dias offer cheap routes and are starting regularly. Dias is the least at risk of rotation of the two and has impressed, seemingly cementing his place alongside Laporte.

The two players that I will be considering over the next week are De Bruyne or Sterling as they both have a stellar history of high-ceiling FPL points returns, making them great captaincy options. Home games against both Burnley and Fulham scream 10+ points returns but, unfortunately for current owners, these historical double-digit hauls are somewhat absent from the 2020/21 season. In fact, they have only managed two 10+ FPL points returns between them in the 16 league games Man City have played so far.

Sterling has recovered from the calf injury that kept him out of the England squad and I’ll be looking for evidence that the rest has somehow helped his form take a turn for the better versus Olympiacos on Wednesday.

The real interest is in De Bruyne. Man City overall have created a chance every 6.1 minutes this season, which is well down from their league-leading 4.9 minutes per chance in 2019/20. These numbers are reflected across the board in De Bruyne’s creativity this season: fewer crosses, through-balls, chances created and, ultimately, assists.

I must depart with one of Harry Kane (£11.0m) or Son this week for a hit in order to fund a De Bruyne transfer but I’ll leave you with a positive note that is really making me think the hit could pay for itself over the next two Gameweeks and beyond. It’s still early in the season with a smaller amount of data but De Bruyne is registering 3.82 goal attempts per 90 minutes, an increase of around 25% compared to his personal best FPL points-scoring campaign in 2019/20. It might be time to take the plunge and hope the Belgian finds his shooting boots against weaker opposition.

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How Kane, Son and De Bruyne fared in midst of FPL fixture swing

Manchester City’s form has been kind to the FPL managers who have decided to go without thus far. Those that invested in Foden (I’m in that camp) have been hit by rotation, Sterling owners have had to deal with a dip in form and injury concerns, whilst De Bruyne owners, in my opinion, haven’t had their share of good luck.

The City team hasn’t been at full strength but all of that is about to change, and so are their fixtures. This could give a serious advantage to players who have remained loyal to their assets thus far, especially the 17.7% of De-Bruyne owners. At £11.6m, one goal and three assists doesn’t look like much bang for your buck. However, as a non-owner, I hate watching City play and not owning De Bruyne. He is a nailed player and looks so dangerous, even when the rest of the team isn’t performing so well. Whilst I would love to say he’ll be in my team this week, unfortunately, I will have to wait a little longer.

I am reluctant to drop my Spurs assets, given they’ve been so fruitful for me. So, unless that changes, I will need to find a more difficult route to accommodate City assets. We all know how dangerous the De Bruyne/Aguero partnership can be, so I am hoping it takes a minute for the returning assets to get back into the swing of things, whilst I scrabble around trying to find ways to get them in.

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What’s been happening in the Scout Network?

FPL Crypto

Cathal and Gabriel run a weekly FPL 6 Picks contest on the FPL Crypto YouTube channel. Subscribe here and watch out for the weekly video to launch the contest. It’s a fun FPL side-game and entry is free. Best of all, the Gameweek winner walks away with a cryptocurrency prize.

FF Titan

FF Titan were proud to be officially announced as a member of FFS International over the last international break of 2020. Over that fortnight, it was business as usual for fftitan.con: they recommended a Wildcard team, picked three “set-and-forget” goalkeepers, looked at all the pre-match statistics going into the weekend games, summed up the performances of top FPL players over the International Break and picked their top captain choices for Gameweek 9.

This week, FF Titan will focus on Matchday 4 of the UCL Fantasy and will be making their UCL captain picks ahead of the next round of fixtures.

El Statto

El Statto has been busy since the international break with two new articles. The first is a new weekly feature, called Back to the Future FPL, where he looks at the upcoming Gameweek matches and how the teams have faired in previous encounters to see if he can highlight any players who seem to favour this fixture.

The second article was the latest instalment in “The ABC Transfer Guide”, where he uses the form of the past six Gameweeks to highlight the players in each position who you should be considering for the upcoming fixtures.

Ted Talks FPL

During the international break, almost 8,000 FPL managers viewed Ted’s YouTube video on how the template is changing. After committing to a weekly video over the last 12 weeks, Ted is now closing in on 2,000 subscribers.

Ted has also begun working more closely with us here at Fantasy Football Scout and is to create 60-second Scout Notes videos to accompany the main articles. You can catch the two videos that Ted has made for Gameweek 9 on the Scout Notes articles for Tottenham v Man City and Liverpool v Leicester, as well as over on the FFS Instagram account.

FPL Nymfria

Over the international break, Nymfria uploaded an update video which covered her journey so far, including the process that lead to a succesful -8 ahead of Gameweek 9. Nymfria was also joined by Rey Quraishi and the community in a live stream, as they took on the task of choosing this week’s Weekly Wildcard – Dream Team.

The current lockdown in England meant another quiz, with the FPL Wildcats joined by The Quiz Master himself – Geoff Holt – as Nymfria succesfully challanged FPL Today for his top spot. Nymfria also appeared with Joel Beya (Cheeky Sport) and the Always Cheating lads on a Gameweek 9 picks video for Give Me Sport.

Nymfria is also in the throws of a channel overhaul and has been busy creating new graphics and coming up with new ideas for her YouTube channel, which will hopefully be rolled out in the coming weeks.


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323 Comments Post a Comment
  1. RED_ARMY
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 29 days ago

    Team currently is:
    Martinez/Steer
    Chilwell Saiss Ayling CTaylor Mitchell
    KDB Bruno Son Grealish Anguissa
    Werner DCL Bamford

    1.8 ITB, 1FT

    Which is the preferred move:
    a) Werner to Vardy, not sure i would C him
    b) Saiss to Dias/Cancelo
    c) both for -4

    1. Eddie - Back to Square Owen
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      B for me, whoops

    2. Tonyawesome69
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      B

    3. Rupert The Horse
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      A

  2. Eddie - Back to Square Owen
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 29 days ago

    B for me

    1. Eddie - Back to Square Owen
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Delete please*

  3. Henrik Larsson
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    1 month, 29 days ago

    What's everyone's thoughts on Liverpool's defensive prospects for December/festive period?

    I don't have either of Robbo/TAA at the moment but thinking of bringing one back....... But then, that was only one good performance.

    1. Tonyawesome69
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Great fixtures and Robbo looks a good option. However I'm sticking with Chilwell as my only expensive def and put the funds towards Salah, Bruno and KDB:

    2. Henrik Larsson
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 29 days ago

      I'm liking the idea of bringing Trent back in as a differential. When he's firing he easily outscores any of the £7-8million MIDs.

      1. Stupendous
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        But he's not firing and in fact he's been awful this year

      2. FPL_Motty
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Yeah.. have a soft spot for Trent - He may make a comeback to my team. He was starting to play well before the injury

  4. Bennyboy1907
      1 month, 29 days ago

      If Zaha is out

      A) play bissouma

      B) Kane >>> Watkins and Zaha >>> Salah (c) however for a -8

      C) play bissouma this week and for b for -4 next week

      1. Tonyawesome69
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Bissouma is 2 points max. I don't like the -8 option

    • Stupendous
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Gtg???

      Martinez
      Coufal Chilwell Robbo
      Salah(c) Son Grealish Rodriguez Ziyech
      Kane DCL

      Martin Kilman Brewster Mitchell

      1. Tonyawesome69
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        GTG

      2. FPL_Motty
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Not worried about city / bruno? If only sitting on 1 FT then can't really do anything so best to hold

        1. Stupendous
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Nope and nope

          Used my transfer and got Salah back

    • Iceball
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Bruno or Sterling captain?

      1. Stupendous
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Bruno for safety, Sterling has more upside this week

      2. Tonyawesome69
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Prob Bruno. Sterling a great differential captain but has not shown anything to suggest having the captaincy. Wait and see how he plays tonight.

      3. dbeck
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        RMT suggests Sterling over Bruno

      4. FPL_Motty
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        1 month, 29 days ago

        No way Sterling, he is the worst to captain, so many fails - he's such a troll. Bruno has a great fixture, scored 2 goals, got a rest, no brainer there

      5. Brosstan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Sterling sucks

      6. claretparrot
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Playing serious catch up is the only possible reason to go Sterling this week, and even then I'm not convinced

    • TNB
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Pick one:

        1. Dias
        2. Cancelo

        1. Tonyawesome69
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          1 safe 2 higher ceiling but a rotation risk

        2. Iceball
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Im thinking 2 atm but might change my mind after seeing the game tonight.

      • mlm
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        When will know zaha can play or not?

        1. Rupert The Horse
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Next week

          1. mlm
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            Confirmed not available for this week??

            1. NateDogsCats
                1 month, 29 days ago

                Has to isolate for 10 days from date of first positive no matter when he returns a negative, that's UK law. It was I'd say at the latest after Thursday as Roy didn't mention it during his press conference before the weekend

        2. Blush Response
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          FPL Family: "In Gameweek 10, Manchester City have Burnley, who we have seen in recent games against Spurs and Brighton can sit deep and be resilient when they need to."

          That's always been the case with Burnley, though, yet on their last three visits to the Etihad the score lines were 3-0, 5-0, 5-0 if I am looking at this right, while the last three games at Turf Moor ended 1-1, 0-1 and 1-4.

          1. Stupendous
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            2 nil or 2-1 city

            1. Blush Response
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 29 days ago

              Could well be. I just don't think Burnley have really proven tough opposition for City, particularly at the Etihad where they've tended to do terribly. Its all down to City really, if they are anywhere near what they are capable of I think they'll score three.

              1. Stupendous
                • 8 Years
                1 month, 29 days ago

                Cancelo, Gundogan and Torres goals

                Kev blank and no clean sheet

          2. Maddamotha
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            City not as good as they were atm. They havent scored that many goals. Look at the stats this season.
            Burnely getting into better form now, and I expect a City win, but I expect Burnely to make it quite difficult for them.

            Ofc, an early goal for example for City will probably turn the whole match around. You never know in football 😉

            1. Blush Response
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 29 days ago

              True City are off-colour. My point is Burnley's style has never been an issue for City before, with the aggregate score from the last three PL games at home being 13-0!

          3. FPL_Motty
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            1 month, 29 days ago

            Burnley are a great defensive side but I prefer to always look at the past history between teams and their specific matchup. For whatever reasons, Burnley always get destroyed by City despite having fantastic defensive records in past years. Who knows specifically why this is but sometimes teams match up well against each other and I see no reason why City won't score against Burnley. The one caveat is Pope, he can produce some world class saves on his day

            1. Scholes Out Forever
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 29 days ago

              I think City just knows how to break down Burnley, while other big teams dont really have the guile and creativity to do it on a consistent basis

            2. Blush Response
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 29 days ago

              I think I read somewhere once, probably The Athletic, that Burnley tended to get spanked by City because their reaction to losing possession was too slow. City's speed at attacking when regaining the ball was better than others, and they were able to create a chance before Burnley had time to reset their shape.

              Could be a load of rubbish though.

              1. FPL_Motty
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                1 month, 29 days ago

                Could be, theres some very specific tactical insight somewhere that must explain why City have Burnleys number. I stick with facts and history, and the history shows like you said that City have thrashed Burnley many times. Sometimes it's honestly as simple as the players themselves had 1 great game and just always remembered this and felt more confident playing Burnley. It's no surprise when certain players, Kane or Vardy etc, have fantastic records vs. a specific team. The players are smart, they remember their own records and they re-use the same tactics

                1. Scholes Out Forever
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 7 Years
                  1 month, 29 days ago

                  one thing to note is the fact they always could play Silva and KDB against deep teams. Silva's creativity hasnt been replaced yet so thats a factor to think about

        3. s.fletcher
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          From a short term view, what Wildcard team would you have to score the most points this week?

          4.0 - McCarthy
          Robo - Cancelo - Justin - KWP - Mitchel
          Grealish - Salah - KDB - Tielemans - Jota
          Vardy (TC) - DCL - Brewster

        4. Maddamotha
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          To do or not to do is the question :

          KANE > VARDY (C)

          1. DannyDrinkVodka
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 29 days ago

            yessir

          2. SHOOTER MCGINN
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            Debating this myself for a -4. I don't know

        5. ShaunGoater123
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Afternoon all,

          any suggestions with the below? Can't see a way of getting kdb as don't want to lose any of my big hitters:

          McCarthy
          Chilwell / Bellerin / Justin
          Mane / Ziyech / Bruno / Soucek
          Kane / Vardy (C) / Watkins

          Button / Mitchell / Dallas / Bissouma

          1FT 1.0itb

          Two otpions im considering but open to suggestions:
          A) Bellerin & Soucek > Foden & Williams
          B) Nothing

        6. Pep bites Kun
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Short a def this week - 2FT available, 2.7m itb. Worth a hit to downgrade a mid to bring in City def?

          Martínez
          Robbo Zouma Lamptey**
          Bruno Son Grealish Podence
          Werner DCL Jiménez

          Steer Klich Mitchell* Dunne*

          A. Jimi, Podence, Dunne -> Vardy, Bissouma/Soucek, Cancelo worth -4?
          B. Jimi & Dunne -> Vardy & Kilman/Coufal/Lewis, etc. for 2FT

          Cheers

          1. Mr. O'Connell
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            Bet you are absolutely buzzing to lose Jimi and Podence. Friday cannot come soon enough for me. Even if the hit doesn't pay off this week, its a good opportunity to beef up your bench as you currently have no backup defender. Cue Mitchell starting and getting a 12 point haul.

            B looks sensible. But I hate Podence that much I can't envisage a scenario where anyone would want to hold on to him.

            1. Tambling5
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 29 days ago

              I go slaughtered on here about week 2 to 3 by suggesting that Wolves losing Doherty and Jota would disrupt their team. Told in no uncertain teams that replacements like Podence, Neto, Saïss and Semedo were a class above the players they'd replaced. Hmm...fortunately not picked a wolves player all season...tho not averse to Jimenez or Patrício if fixtures right.

            2. Pep bites Kun
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 29 days ago

              🙂 Yep, you called it correctly. I reckon both Vardy & Coufal will pay back the -4 easily over the next 3/4. Biss/Sou would rotate the bench with Klich. Mitchell I'll keep as he could be called upon over the busy eoy period and Lamptey would be 1st sub. Wolves are an ok def outfit (5 CS), Kilman or Coufal would suit the purpose I suppose, but Cancello could be the icing on the cake.

              Plan is to downgrade Werner/Vardy to bring in City/Salah

              Cheers for the feedback

        7. Scholes Out Forever
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Is Kane + Dunne + Burke --> Brewster + Justin + KDB (C) worth a -8?

          Only have 2 playing defenders this week as it stands

          1. Rupert The Horse
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            Awful

            1. Scholes Out Forever
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 29 days ago

              care to expand? Essentially its a Kane + 8 or KDB + Justin this GW, but seems like a good medium term transfer. Also have Werner so easy upgrade to Kane if needed

          2. Stupendous
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            Terrible moves

            1. Scholes Out Forever
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 29 days ago

              care to expand? Essentially its KDB vs Kane over the next few weeks, and gets a playing defender for rotation. Doesnt have to be Justin, could be someone else. Switching from 343 to 352

          3. Nikolai Volkoff
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            I'd do it.

            1. Mr. O'Connell
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 29 days ago

              care to expand?

          4. NateDogsCats
              1 month, 29 days ago

              You're getting rid of 2 players that don't play / get 2 points each week at best for one 2 pointer and one that is likely to be benched soon (Pereira and Castagne could very well both be ready to start together after this weekend).

              Kane is in excellent form in spite of the fixtures while KDB is always a great option but has no real form behind him nor does his team. That in itself wouldn't be a bad trade but taking into account the other two and the -8, needs a big rethink.

          5. zon
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            Which combo?

            A) Kane + Ziyech
            B) Werner + Son

            1. Scholes Out Forever
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 29 days ago

              B for me, but Ziyech + Son the best

          6. GROBARI
              1 month, 29 days ago

              GTG?
              Martinez
              Chilwell Cancelo Justin
              Bruno KDB(c) Son Soucek
              Vardy DCL Bamford
              Steer Mitchell Dallas Mendy

              1. Stupendous
                • 8 Years
                1 month, 29 days ago

                Nice yup

            • Stupendous
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 29 days ago

              Best option for under 4.8m? Martinez is my keeper!

              A Coufal
              B Konsa
              C Vestergaard

              1. dbeck
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 29 days ago

                A

            • PrestigeWorldwidewidewide..…
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 29 days ago

              Tough choices for me this week, 1FT, 3.9 ITB, I really want Salah in and I'd like to keep Son if possible, not sure if it's worth a hit to do both:

              A. Ziyech > KDB (Free)
              B. Son > Salah (Free)
              C. Ziyech + Foden > KDB + Jota (-4)
              D. Ziyech + Kane > Salah + Werner (-4)
              E. Ziyech + Robbo > Salah + Cancelo (-4)
              F. Other?

              Current Team:
              Martinez
              Robbo / James / Coufal
              Ziyech / Foden / Bruno / Son / Podence
              DCL / Kane

              Steer / Taylor / Mitchell / Davis

              1. colby_
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                1 month, 29 days ago

                Wow, this is a thinker. I am struggling to break up your team to bring in Salah, because you have so many nice pieces already. I personally don't mind taking some risks, so I'd end up doing something like Foden > Rashford, but that's just me.

                If you really want Salah, I like Son > Salah or Ziyech + Kane > Salah + Werner (-4)

            • Steinburg FC
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 29 days ago

              RMT.
              Martinez, (forster)
              Cancelo, Cresswell, Lamptey, (Konsa, Douglas)
              KDB, Salah, Bruno, Son, Grealish
              DCL, Adams
              0.0itb

              1. Tinfoil Deathstar
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                1 month, 29 days ago

                Very nice - absolute monster midfield that.

                Mine will be the same after transfers this week, with exception of Grealish. Although I'm playing 3-4-3 with DCL, Bamford and Watkins up top. I've also got Chilwell in place of Cresswell but very similar.

              2. Stupendous
                • 8 Years
                1 month, 29 days ago

                Very nice but you need a big Kane and Vardy couch to hide behind

                Can't have them all though!

                1. Mr. O'Connell
                  • 8 Years
                  1 month, 29 days ago

                  don't think you need a couch with that team.

              3. Jellyfish
                • 8 Years
                1 month, 29 days ago

                Like that - is this a WC team?

            • Riders of Yohan
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 29 days ago

              Thoughts on this WC:

              Martinez (4.0)
              Zouma, Dias, Justin (Kilman, Mitchell)
              Salah, KDB, Bruno, Ziyech, Jota
              DCL, Watkins (Brewster)

              Appreciate any help

              1. claretparrot
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 29 days ago

                Prefer McCarthy as a long-term GK pick.
                Justin's place at risk v soon. Mitchell has lost his place now, so either go for the 3.8 Leeds guy or Ferguson who could still get into the Palace team when fit.
                Great midfield.
                Like the strikers for now, but you'll need a plan to get to Kane/Vardy if one of them again becomes difficult to go without.

                1. Riders of Yohan
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  1 month, 29 days ago

                  Perfect thank you!

                2. Riders of Yohan
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  1 month, 29 days ago

                  Who would you replace with Justin? Coufal? Or cresswell?

            • joey
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              1 month, 29 days ago

              For gameweek 13 am I likely going to be able to get away with Rodriguez and Kane out for Salah and Bamford? Can do it with 0.3m left at the moment, next time JRod drops I lose 0.1m

              1. joey
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                1 month, 29 days ago

                GW 12, obviously not 13

            • claretparrot
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 29 days ago

              1) KWP > Dias (have McCarthy)
              2) Kane > Vardy (probably C Vardy, but have Salah & Bruno)
              3) Both (2 FT)

              Thanks!

              1. RamaJama
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                1 month, 29 days ago

                1

            • Hansel
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              1 month, 29 days ago

              Jimi -> Bamford or save FT? Wolves don't look great offensively and Everton are a bit leaky, although going into a gw with 2 FT is always very nice...

            • tissae
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 29 days ago

              Was planning to do Robbo -> Dias/Cancelo this GW, but Robbo haul and City weekend performance got me double thinking, What would you guys do here?

              1. Hansel
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                1 month, 29 days ago

                Stick

              2. claretparrot
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 29 days ago

                Yeah hold on, esp if you only have one FT

                1. claretparrot
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  1 month, 29 days ago

                  Esp as Lamptey is out so right of BHA's defence will be disrupted

                  1. Tinfoil Deathstar
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    1 month, 29 days ago

                    You could say that Lamptey being out will mean there is less space for Robbo to get behind.

              3. Tinfoil Deathstar
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                1 month, 29 days ago

                My exact problem. I want to get KDB in for Hamez, but that would mean switching Robbo to Cancelo for a -4. I'm loathe to lose Robbo, but my other options are transferring out Son, Bruno, or Salah for KDB. I bought Son at 9.0 so also have the issue there of having a lot of value tied up. I'm not 100% yet but I think I'm leaning towards sacrificing Robbo - if it wasn't for the 12 point haul last GW I wouldn't have really thought twice about it tbh. Looking objectively, I'm hoping Cancelo should be able to match or better Robbo's points over the medium term as well. Although Liverpool were better defensively against Leicester, given the amount of injuries (Milner might now have to cover CM if Keita is out for a while) then I still do think their clean sheet potential is severely diminished.

              4. NateDogsCats
                  1 month, 29 days ago

                  I'm in the same boat, definitely holding for next few at least, especially Brighton and Fulham, and going Zouma to Dias

              5. THFC4LIFE
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 29 days ago

                Anyone else have no idea what transfer(s) to make this week?

                1. Shark Team
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 29 days ago

                  The problem is that I have a lot of ideas. Maybe I will give them all one gw to have an easier desicion next gw. Rolling the ft probably. But concerned cause I own only Salah and no KDB Vardy

                2. claretparrot
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  1 month, 29 days ago

                  Almost every week has been the same for me so far:
                  Monday - so many ideas/plans that WC would be the only way
                  Friday - settle on no moves or one

                3. dbeck
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 29 days ago

                  pretty set on Bruno to Sterling, I want to go against the grain

                  1. Garlana
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 5 Years
                    1 month, 29 days ago

                    i've been against the grain the other way (Sterling over Bruno for like 4 weeks) and let me tell you it as been a very very disappointing ride.

                4. spray
                  • 2 Years
                  1 month, 29 days ago

                  I had two and I used both to remove a non-playing 4.4 MID so I have more options near Christmas.
                  Burke was the 4.4 and could drop again, any day.
                  Just tidying-up the worst players.

                5. NateDogsCats
                    1 month, 29 days ago

                    I was like this last week so I said I'd hold my FT so I'd have more room and information to decide what's needed this week and I swear its made it worse. I knew I had to get rid of James and wanted to before he dropped but was planning to maybe get Salah in but I've binned that as it would completely unbalance my team, so I brought in Jota who I was considering for a few weeks and Walcott (the same, in for Fornals) but now I'm thinking the Walcott move was a waste and I should have simply done James to Jota and left Walcott. My defence needs some work so I was happy to take a -4 this week but I've used my 2 FTs so far and feel like I've waited 2 weeks to just move sidewards.

                6. Shark Team
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 29 days ago

                  Salah is the absolute pick. Can be captained till gw 19

                7. Lindelol
                  • 2 Years
                  1 month, 29 days ago

                  Who should I prioritize
                  1. KDB
                  2. Vardy

                  1. RamaJama
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 8 Years
                    1 month, 29 days ago

                    2

                8. Willmissudimitrypayet
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 29 days ago

                  What do you guys do with Jámes Rodriguéz?

                  Can't buy Jota as I have Mane, Robbo and Salah.

                  I feel like Ziyech is a similar kind of player, not sure how much of a upgrade he is?

                  Mahrez and Ferran Torres will probably svare playing time, right?

                  1. mg12
                      1 month, 29 days ago

                      I know he hasn't produced much over the last 4 weeks, but I'm holding him for the next two weeks. I'm hoping for a decent return against Leeds and Burnley.

                      1. Willmissudimitrypayet
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 3 Years
                        1 month, 29 days ago

                        Yeah, I am lesning that way too.

                    • NateDogsCats
                        1 month, 29 days ago

                        I've gotten rid, I've watched Everton's last 3 games and he's looked poor and hasn't been very involved. I figured I gave it enough time with 4 games

                    • RamaJama
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 8 Years
                      1 month, 29 days ago

                      When will Zaha have the next covid test?

                      1. Lindelol
                        • 2 Years
                        1 month, 29 days ago

                        Desperately want to know.

                    • villian-ty
                      • 10 Years
                      1 month, 29 days ago

                      Hamez, Kane -> Vardy(C) and KDB for - 4 yes or no?

                      Front

                      Ziy Son Grealish Bruno Hamez
                      Kane Brewster DCL

                      1. mg12
                          1 month, 29 days ago

                          Looks like a good move, worth taking the -4

                        • spray
                          • 2 Years
                          1 month, 29 days ago

                          KDB is mostly a -4 move because of his price and that you won't want to wait a week.
                          Don't worry about the -4 too much.

                        • spray
                          • 2 Years
                          1 month, 29 days ago

                          Actually, I'd probably keep Rodriguez Vs Leeds. See how City go. KDB could even get a rest, come on after 60... seemed knackered and missed a penalty recently.
                          I'd you've got Vardy as captain, I feel Rodriguez is within a four point range of KDB Vs. Burnley.