Scout Notes

Budget goalkeeper Johnstone good for FPL save points as Baggies come under siege

West Bromwich Albion 1-0 Sheffield United

  • Goals: Conor Gallagher (£5.5m)
  • Assists: None
  • Bonus: Sam Johnstone (£4.5m) x3, Gallagher x2, Semi Ajayi (£4.8m) x1

A first-half goal from Conor Gallagher (£5.5m) secured a crucial victory for West Bromwich Albion over fellow strugglers Sheffield United.

So perilous are the positions of both teams that the game had ‘vastly important’ stamped all over it.

But from a Fantasy perspective, its significance was considerably more niche.

Unpopularity Contest

No player, from either side, went into the match with double-digit ownership levels in Fantasy Premier League (FPL).

The most popular asset on display was Rhian Brewster (£4.5m and 6.2%), who was given a second straight bit-part role by United boss Chris Wilder and remains painfully short of confidence, minutes and chances.

The match was far from boring – the 39 shots both sides managed between them was the most in a Premier League game this season. It just lacked anyone with the (relative) quality required to convert the eight big chances created on the day.

Future Imperfect

So are there any players from either side currently worth investing in?

Short answer: no. 

Longer answer: nope.

Neither team’s immediate schedule is overly promising. 

The Baggies do have Crystal Palace at home and then a trip to Newcastle up next, but things turn sour (mci AVL liv LEE ARS) after that.

The Blades, meanwhile, face Leicester, Southampton and Manchester United next, although their Christmas fixtures (bha EVE bur cry) are a bit more accommodating.

West Brom have tightened up at the back since securing their first clean sheet of the campaign in Gameweek 5, conceding just five goals in as many matches.

Goalkeeper Sam Johnstone (£4.5m) has impressed in that time and he brought in 11 points against Sheffield thanks to six saves and the maximum bonus award.

He’s now joint-top, with Newcastle’s Karl Darlow (£5.0m), for saves (44) and only six ‘keepers have more FPL points than him.

At least investing in Johnstone won’t be boring, but the key Fantasy factor regarding both West Brom and Sheffield United at present involves who in your team might get the chance to face one or other of them in the next few weeks.

Because whether they’re at the back or in attack, there are points to be had.

Reaction Round-Up

Wilder was his usual blunt and honest self post-match:

We’ve got nobody to blame but ourselves. If you don’t take your chances and don’t show that quality in and around the box or the penalty area, you’re not going to win games of football.

West Brom coach Slaven Bilic was, obviously, rather more upbeat:

It’s a great boost for our confidence and for the games that are coming.

But it’s going to take a lot more, from both teams, to persuade Fantasy managers to invest in any of their assets any time soon.

In fact, the main interest at present revolves around why so many are still grimly holding on to Brewster.

Yes, he’s cheap, but he’s managed just two shots on target and eight points from six joyless appearances thus far.


West Bromwich Albion XI (5-3-2): Johnstone; Townsend (Phillips 75), Bartley, Ivanovic, Ajayi, Furlong; Gallagher, Sawyers, M Pereira; C Robinson (Robson-Kanu 65), Grant (Krovinovic 75).

Sheffield United XI (3-5-2): Ramsdale; K Bryan (Lundstram 63), Egan, Basham; Lowe, Fleck, Norwood (Brewster 54), Berge, Baldock; McBurnie, Burke (Mousset 74).

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1,235 Comments Post a Comment
  1. HMC
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 29 days ago

    Notwithstanding Jimenez injury, transfers paid off big time this week for a -4

    Son Foden Jimi
    To
    Kdb(c) Jota Bamford

    1. Feed tha Sheep
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Looks good other than son could hurt you

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

        Used to be dad. How things have changed. I need a pillow.

      2. Dynamic Duos
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        He did this

        1. Feed tha Sheep
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Sorry didn’t read properly

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

      Who would you have captained if you did not make that trade?

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

        Reluctantly Bruno since he was my VC and captain last week
        Same score as Kdb but moving forward KDb captain most times

  2. dshv
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 29 days ago

    Keep cancelo or sell for somebody ?

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

      Keep for now but he’s definitely at risk.

    2. marcos11
        1 month, 29 days ago

        See if hes rested midweek

        1. teneighty
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          If he's rested 2 games in a row, couldn't that also mean he's dropped?

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

            No, it might mean Mendy is preferred but Mendy will need some rest as well.

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

            No chance.

    3. Paul Psychic Octopus
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Dear Arsenal,

      I am way past my best and by Premier League standards, probably quite s*** as well. Please can I have £350,000 a week?

      1. Dynamic Duos
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        No Ozil

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

        Ye ah of course. Shall bend over too?

      3. Africa United
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Arsenal is a mine field I trust WBA /ful over I mean even Lookman got an assist last week lol
        Arsenal attack is dead because arteta is weird

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

      Any of these worth doing:
      A) Jimenez -> Wilson/Bamford
      B) Jimenez + Rodriguez -> Brewster + KDB/Sterling -4
      C) Jimenez + Rodriguez -> Wilson + Mahrez -4
      D) Jimenez + Rodriguez -> Jesus + Jota/JWP -4

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

        I like D for Jesus as it seems like aguero is not match fit

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

        D.

      3. marcos11
          1 month, 29 days ago

          D with Jesus and Jota

      4. Zlatan F.C
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Below is my team. 58 points with Grealish and Martinez to go. 3.2m in the bank 1 FT

          How do I get Salah and KDB into my team?

          Martinez
          Robbo Chilwell Dias
          Fernandes Son Grealish Jota Podence
          DCL Kane

          Forster Lamptey Brewster Ferguson

          1. Africa United
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            Son Podence Kane out but on Ur own risk I didnt tell you nothing lol

            1. Africa United
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 29 days ago

              And if not enough maybe Robbo downgrade too
              Weather it's goods moves or not is your choice I answer the question directly

              1. Africa United
                • 8 Years
                1 month, 29 days ago

                Wether*

                1. KAPTAIN KANE
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 29 days ago

                  *Whether (Sorry)

                  1. Africa United
                    • 8 Years
                    1 month, 29 days ago

                    Yea right I wear glasses and autocorrect is killing me

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

            Great score!
            Kane to Wilson and then something.

          3. MIDIMAN2010
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            What sort of open question is that? There is literally millions of possibilities...

        • royaljoe
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Going no Man City next week to risky?

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

            Is there any point answering?

          2. Syd.
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            Have you ever put a Porsche into reverse to lower the mileage?

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

            Yes but probably better than going in with 2 with combined points of 0 🙂

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

          Is this a bad move - Salah and Bissouma -> Jota and KDB?

          Very tempted... Means no Salah Vs FUL but I think I'd be happy with Jota (c) at this rate!

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

            Terrifying moves. No

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

            Haha, thanks. Think it's time I stop thinking about this for a while!

        • KAPTAIN KANE
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Early thoughts for next week? KdB would be lovely but 0ITB so thinking to save?

          Martinez
          James | Lamptey | Dallas
          Sterling | Bruno | Grealish | Jota
          Kane | DCL

          Steer | Soucek | Kilman | Mitchell

          Thanks

          1. KAPTAIN KANE
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            Oops missed Vardy (3-4-3)

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

              Wait for CL. Should be fine.

              1. KAPTAIN KANE
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 29 days ago

                Cheers Rupert

          2. Africa United
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            Looking solid it's about the captain it's so tricky next week thinking Fernandez captain myself or Grealesh or KDB (have sterling tooI hope he gets a Hattie) but generally g2g

            1. KAPTAIN KANE
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 29 days ago

              Thanks, if I’m feeling ballsy I’ll go Sterling

              1. Africa United
                • 8 Years
                1 month, 29 days ago

                I want to but he blanked on me before but yea nice option

                1. KAPTAIN KANE
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 29 days ago

                  He is my all time bogey pick (I never learn!)

        • Jdpz
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 29 days ago

          What's with Jimenez?

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

            Awake and breathing ; going for a scan.

        • Zim0
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          A) Grealish + Ings
          B) Son + Adams

          1. Zim0
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            This is not for next week. Just generally polling because i will have one of these 2 by gw 16

          2. KAPTAIN KANE
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            B

          3. Africa United
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            Grealesh is season keeper but who am I to tell you!

        • 1912 F.A Cup Winners
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Evening all!! Just out of interest and apologies if it’s been asked a million times but if which two out of these are your preferred options, thankyou !!
          A- Salah
          B- KDB
          C- Bruno

          1. Zim0
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            I will have all 3 because i can't decide myself

            1. 1912 F.A Cup Winners
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 29 days ago

              I like your style mate!!!! I may join you!! Haha cannot make my mind up

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

            Got KDB and Bruno because they are simply the best Manchester picks.
            Got Robertson and will likely do Bowen -> Jota after CL.

            Kinda feel like Jota and Robertson cover Salah nicely.

            1. 1912 F.A Cup Winners
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 29 days ago

              Ooh I like that idea mate!! I shall be doing Ziyech to Jota after Leeds, but would have to lose one of KDB or Bruno to get Salah and I don’t want to lose either realy

        • Syd.
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          The natives are restless in Glasgow tonight

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

            Full moon?

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

              Full pint.

        • marcos11
            1 month, 29 days ago

            Is Jota likely to price wise again midweek? And if so, when is it likely to happen?

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

              Likely tomorrow by the looks of it.
              Could be tonight even.

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

              Yes

          • Salarrivederci
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            Early thoughts. Who to bench next week out of:
            Cresswell
            Lamptey
            Bamford
            ?

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

              L

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

            Which looks a better move?

            A. Ziyech & DCL -> KDB & Bamford

            B. Son & Rodriguez -> KDB & Jota

            C. Ziyech & Rodriguez -> KDB & JWP

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

              B

          • Africa United
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            Lads I know it's early but I like the crowd here so just did : ivanovic and Bowen to Williams 3.9 and FTorres 0.0 itb
            City overkill but it's ok
            G2G bench correct?

            Meslier
            James Balbuena Chillwel
            Sterling Kdb Fernandez Grealesh Torres
            Vardy. Watkins
            ######
            Mcburnie. Mitchel. Nekowilliams
            All Thoughts appreciated cheers good luck all

            1. KAPTAIN KANE
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 29 days ago

              Brave making the move early now! Torres could be a nice differential if he starts again

          • GE
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            1) James -> Jota
            2) Son, James and Robertson -> KDB, Jota and max 6.2 def (-8)
            (have Chillwell and Zouma)
            3) Other suggestions?

            (1FT, 0.7 itb)

            Martinez
            Robbie/Chillwell/Zouma
            Salah/Bruno/Son/James/Grealish
            DCL/Bamford

            Bench: Button, Dallas, Mitchell, Brewster

            1. dylano21
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 29 days ago

              2 with Walker could be great

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

                Thanks mate

          • royaljoe
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            GW11 = Salah to KDB(c)
            GW12 = KDB to Salah(c)

            Worth it?

            1. MIDIMAN2010
              • 10 Years
              1 month, 29 days ago

              Yeah think so. That’s my plan

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

            At least De Gea's managerial career is going well. Just saw that his team beat Celtic 2-0 today.

          • dylano21
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            Calvert Lewin + Son => Bamford + Fernandes ?

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

              Definitely wouldn't sell Calvert Lewin.

          • hshepherd
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 29 days ago

            Who would you rather have this week?
            A) Son vs ARS
            B) Jota vs WOL
            Currently have Son, and was planning to make this transfer next week in time for Jota vs ful. However, it could potentially pay bringing it forward this week but feel Son could do well vs Arsenal.

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

              Son. I own both.

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

              Jota might get reduced minutes as it's between 2 CL games while Son is likely to be rested midweek. Son is also playing against a team with poor form so definitely Son this week for me.

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

              Thanks for the responses. Feel that keeping Son for this week is sensible, but will see how the midweek games go

          • how now brown cow
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            Ziyech owners - thoughts today?

            I thought he was pretty disappointing.

            1. Bobby Digital
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 29 days ago

              Gotta give him Leeds

              1. how now brown cow
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                1 month, 29 days ago

                Yeah I will, but seemed to lack a bit of composure today in what little possession he had in a tight game.

                Still think Pulisic will be the better pick soon.

              2. Ginkapo FPL
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                1 month, 29 days ago

                Why though? Its not like Leeds are weak defencively.

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

                  Lol

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

              Difficult fixture and both teams played very defensively. I didn't expect anything from him today. Yellow card was the only disappointing point for me.

          • Captain Vantastic™
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            James down to 1 bonus 🙂

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

              Well that's rude!

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

              You are an idiot.

              1. Ginkapo FPL
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                1 month, 29 days ago

                He is speaking the truth. You might want to reconsider who the idiot is

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

                  Yes i will..Both of you.

            3. Dynamic Duos
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 29 days ago

              O Brilliant

          • wulfranian
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            29(-4) with 3 to go.Anyone with less points?

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

              Same, just without the -4

          • jia you jia you
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            If I hadn't taken a hit and brought in Walker and Jota, I'd be sitting on 18 points this GW! Small mercies!

          • Konstaapeli
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            Have Chillwel. Would you double up with James or go with Dias?

          • CelticBhoy1
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            Is there a chance KDB could be rested next GW?

            1. how now brown cow
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 29 days ago

              Wait and see CL lineup. They've already qualified, so he might be rested.

            2. Dynamic Duos
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 29 days ago

              Yeah they need him in CL because they have already qualified, so KDB definitely plays in that.

            3. jia you jia you
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 29 days ago

              got stung badly myself with Sterling(c) this GW... we can never know with Pep unfortunately

            4. Africa United
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 29 days ago

              Minefield city

          • JariL
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            J. Rod & Kane --> KDB & Wilson makes sense even for (-4), right?

            1. how now brown cow
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 29 days ago

              Google "Kane+North+London+Derby"

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

            A. Kane + Foden > KDB + Wilson (-4)
            B. Kane + Ziyech > KDB + Wilson (-4)

            Worth it? Have exact cash so would need to act soon before rises.

            Martinez
            Robbo / James / C Taylor
            Salah / Bruno / Ziyech / Foden / Podence
            Kane / DCL

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

              Exact cash for A that is.

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

                A

          • GE
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            First hit this season and then -8 😀 lol
            Template mid for everybody I guess...?

            Martinez
            Chillwell/Walker/Zouma
            Salah/KDB/Bruno/Jota/Grealish
            DCL/Bamford

            Bench: Button, Dallas, Mitchell, Brewster