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Barnes on Leicester’s bench as Vardy faces Fulham as Gameweek’s most-captained

Brendan Rodgers has pulled the rug from underneath the feet of 4.1% of Fantasy Premier League managers by naming Harvey Barnes (£6.9m) among the substitutes for Gameweek 10.

Leicester host Fulham in one of their most favourable matches of the season so far, perhaps why he has dropped the winger back to the bench following three starts in the last four Gameweeks.

James Maddison (£7.0m) and Dennis Praet (£5.5m) are afforded the support roles in attacking midfield tonight, behind Jamie Vardy (£10.2m), who looks set to truly define the outcome of Gameweek 10 for many.

The Leicester striker was top of the Fantasy Football Scout captain poll last week, emerged as the top 10k’s favourite skipper and collected over a million armbands worldwide for this match.

However, if Vardy is to truly reward the groundswell of support he must do tonight something he done only once in 2020/21 so far: score a Premier League goal at home.

He has 10 attacking returns this season but nine of those have come on the road, the other recorded against Wolves in Gameweek 8.

Fulham are the perfect opponent to face in the face of that quest though. They have given up an average of 1.8 goals per away game this season.

Interest in their assets continues to wane, especially considering that both Tom Cairney (£5.3m) and Aleksandar Mitrović (£5.6m) have been named on the bench, Ruben Loftus-Cheek (£5.9m) and Ivan Cavaleiro (£5.3m) handed the number 10 and centre-forward roles respectively.

Leicester City XI (3-4-2-1): Schmeichel; Fuchs, Evans, Fofana; L Thomas, Tielemans, N Mendy, Justin; Maddison, Praet; Vardy.

Fulham XI (4-2-3-1): Areola; A Robinson, Adarabioyo, Andersen, Aina; Zambo Anguissa, Reed; Lookman, Loftus-Cheek, De Cordova-Reid; Cavaleiro.

Lessons Learned from FPL Gameweek 10

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  1. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    10 months, 20 days ago

    Party!

  2. Joey Tribbiani
    • 1 Year
    10 months, 20 days ago

    Next Fulham penalty taker bingo!

    1. Dynamic Duos
      • 8 Years
      10 months, 20 days ago

      The keeper

    2. Ze_Austin
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      10 months, 20 days ago

      Loftus-Cheek. Passing it on

  3. Abusive_Sgt_Daelrhos
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    10 months, 20 days ago

    Let's get this party started???

  4. F_Ivanovic
    • 6 Years
    10 months, 20 days ago

    No party's allowed tonight please. Respect the Covid rules.

  5. diesel001
    • 4 Years
    10 months, 20 days ago

    Hope I'm wrong, but expecting Vardy(c) fail.

    1. Cojones of Destiny
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 20 days ago

      you are wrong i too hope ))

    2. diesel001
      • 4 Years
      10 months, 20 days ago

      I'm always less hopeful of returns when I see a player hyped up so much, like Vardy has been this GW.

      1. Flair
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        10 months, 20 days ago

        Same here but whatever happens, I'll be satisfied with the decision to captain the player with 8G in 8 games against Fulham (H).

        The Monday fixture has given it a lot more hype than it deserves anyways.

      2. Magic Zico
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        10 months, 20 days ago

        Bruno (WBA) DCL (ful) were also hyped last week and next week KDB (FUL) ... nothing special I feel?

    3. Brosstan
      • 7 Years
      10 months, 20 days ago

      Even I have trouble seeing a Vardy (C) fail here... Season might not be over after all

    4. theDillinger
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      10 months, 20 days ago

      Lotto numbers as well please

  6. Karan14
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    10 months, 20 days ago

    Go on Jamie!

    1. Abusive_Sgt_Daelrhos
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      10 months, 20 days ago

      Make us proud Jamie!

  7. Flair
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    10 months, 20 days ago

    Vardyyyyy

  8. Dynamic Duos
    • 8 Years
    10 months, 20 days ago

    Chinese food and a few beers, me and Vardy are having a party

    1. The Mantis
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      10 months, 20 days ago

      jealous

  9. Pompel
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    10 months, 20 days ago

    What's Vardy's EO ?

    1. Dynamic Duos
      • 8 Years
      10 months, 20 days ago

      51%

      1. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 4 Years
        10 months, 20 days ago

        So surprised at how low that is, thought it would be at least 65-70

      2. Pompel
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        10 months, 20 days ago

        Can hope to turn red to green, then

  10. Dynamic Duos
    • 8 Years
    10 months, 20 days ago

    Anyone got Maddison (c)

    1. Bushwhacker
      • 2 Years
      10 months, 20 days ago

      Probably the same number as Barnes (c)

    2. Plant Based FPLer
      • 4 Years
      10 months, 20 days ago

      I have him, not as captain. I'll take 8 points, showing a little deference to Jota's 9.

    3. Chris_H
      • 12 Years
      10 months, 20 days ago

      Me!

      He's my Sterling VC, not expecting for a second he'd come in...

  11. The Train Driver
    • 6 Years
    10 months, 20 days ago

    Comeon Parker, live up to your name. Park that bus!

    1. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 20 days ago

      They don't have bus only scooters

  12. Brosstan
    • 7 Years
    10 months, 20 days ago

    Very happy to be rid of Barnes the bum. Was afraid he would get in Vardy's way tonight but glad to see him benched. Hes the kind of player who doesnt create and just gets on the end of attacks. Thats Vardy's job!

    1. The Train Driver
      • 6 Years
      10 months, 20 days ago

      Guaita next?

      1. Brosstan
        • 7 Years
        10 months, 20 days ago

        Unfortunately have to get rid of Shityech first. Guaita stays for WBA

        1. Zim0
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          10 months, 20 days ago

          U would have been better off taking him out for a hit early days

    2. Dynamic Duos
      • 8 Years
      10 months, 20 days ago

      Just have him in my draft team, but agree , hope Vardy has party so your happy tonight

    3. dogtanion
      • 12 Years
      10 months, 20 days ago

      Maddison such a better player than him too..and better for Vardy

    4. diesel001
      • 4 Years
      10 months, 20 days ago

      Barnes out is good, but Maddison in less so.

      Would prefer to see Perez, Tielemans, Ndidi, Praet in with Vardy if they are playing 3-5-2.

      Maddison is Mr. Blank for a reason. If he is blanking who is setting up Vardy?

      1. Brosstan
        • 7 Years
        10 months, 20 days ago

        Maddison sets up Vardy for massive xA, Vardy misses and scores the rebound himself

      2. dogtanion
        • 12 Years
        10 months, 20 days ago

        Maddison can score from pretty much anywhere though which could be Vardy assists plus his delivery into Vardy will be decent

  13. TheDragon
    • 3 Years
    10 months, 20 days ago

    What minute will Jammy Vardy score his first goal?

    1. Dynamic Duos
      • 8 Years
      10 months, 20 days ago

      4

    2. Flair
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      10 months, 20 days ago

      90

      1. Dynamic Duos
        • 8 Years
        10 months, 20 days ago

        Party pooper

      2. The Ilfordian
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        10 months, 20 days ago

        Second 90+2. Excising the spirit of Wilson!

      3. Brosstan
        • 7 Years
        10 months, 20 days ago

        Ill take it :p

    3. Evasivo
      • 11 Years
      10 months, 20 days ago

      1

    4. TomSaints
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      10 months, 20 days ago

      27th

  14. Evasivo
    • 11 Years
    10 months, 20 days ago

    Chances of one below benched?

    Coufal Soucek Grealish

    1. Ze_Austin
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      10 months, 20 days ago

      All nailed. So, only an unannounced injury or Covid-19

    2. xHaTr
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 20 days ago

      Pretty much zero for all

    3. Evasivo
      • 11 Years
      10 months, 20 days ago

      Cheers, thought as much but always live in hope! Dallas sat on the bench

  15. Pedram
    • 8 Years
    10 months, 20 days ago

    Any brave Vardy triple captainers?

  16. keefyefc
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    10 months, 20 days ago

    Early bonus for me annoyed Kilman came on for 1 point yesterday but ,
    I've still got Castagne (not playing) so
    Zouma 5 points off bench (didn't fancy him v Spurs)

  17. SHOOTER MCGINN
    • 6 Years
    10 months, 20 days ago

    It's big time party time.

  18. NABIL - I still got Tsimi
    • 9 Years
    10 months, 20 days ago

    Vardy owner but not captainer.

    Can I ask for just a 9-pointer? 😛

    1. Joey Tribbiani
      • 1 Year
      10 months, 20 days ago

      You should ask for more, EO not that high

      1. NABIL - I still got Tsimi
        • 9 Years
        10 months, 20 days ago

        Would like my KDB captain pick look wiser 🙂

        1. Joey Tribbiani
          • 1 Year
          10 months, 20 days ago

          ah 🙂

  19. TyroneGAA
    • 4 Years
    10 months, 20 days ago

    Was between jota and Barnes this week for my free transfer .. I did not pick well

    1. TheDragon
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 20 days ago

      For future reference whenever you have a transfer decision - never pick Barnes

      Hope this helps

  20. TomSaints
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    10 months, 20 days ago

    It comes down to this. The best bit of late gameweek captain is you have hope all weekend, then either end on a high or not long until the next week starts.

    Vardy blank - 8 point hit breaks even, but rubbish week overall
    Vardy scores 1- about an average week (~50 points)
    Vardy scores 2 - Good week, maybe top 300k
    Vardy Party - **** work opening the beers and having a party

    Could also do with a 5-4 villa thriller. Grealish goals, Creswell assists and Martinez penalty saves.

    1. Annie
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      10 months, 20 days ago

      New into my team this week, he needs to score 2 to match those making way...

      1. TomSaints
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        10 months, 20 days ago

        I did Maupay, Kane and Ziyech -> Bamford, KDB and Vardy (-8).

        Couldn't believe Bamford didn't score in Everton game, so hope that used up my bad luck.

  21. Dr Dream
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    10 months, 20 days ago

    The game conspired to drive me away from the obvious Vardy, KDB picks this week with injuries and coronashite. Got away with Walker instead of KDB to replace Digne and captained Bruno...but I’m gonna be well and truly behind the sofa for this Vardy game everybody has coming up.

    1. TomSaints
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      10 months, 20 days ago

      Fernades points is a good (c) pick. Regardless of what happens tonight.

      1. Dr Dream
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        10 months, 20 days ago

        It needs a matching Vardy fail to really make it worthwhile. Tbh...having missed out on the two very obvious transfers inwards...if I tread water this week I’d have settled for that before the week began.

        1. TomSaints
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          10 months, 20 days ago

          I'd prefer to be in your shoes now and have a 10 (c). My picks have been really unlucky (poor) this season so i'm not feeling too confident.

  22. Sun Jihai
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    10 months, 20 days ago

    Basically impossible for Vardy not to haul here vs. an awful team - congrats captainers!
    Need a huge sofa as a non-owner!

    1. MIDIMAN2010
      • 10 Years
      10 months, 20 days ago

      Exactly. Most clear cut captain choice ever. I won’t be even upset if he fails

    2. Annie
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      10 months, 20 days ago

      nice jinx attempt...

  23. KAPTAIN KANE
    • 4 Years
    10 months, 20 days ago

    Everyone got their popcorn at the ready?

    1. Puntillimon
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      10 months, 20 days ago

      Quite fun as a non vardy owner with capt alrdy played. every minute gone by without a vardy contribution puts the vardy owners on jitters.

  24. Shark Team
    • 4 Years
    10 months, 20 days ago

    Vardy masterclass incoming

    1. Joey Tribbiani
      • 1 Year
      10 months, 20 days ago

      masterclass in diving

  25. have you seen cyan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    10 months, 20 days ago

    Come on Vardy get that brace!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Of yellow cards

    1. Joey Tribbiani
      • 1 Year
      10 months, 20 days ago

      yes!

      1. Puntillimon
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        10 months, 20 days ago

        Double pen dive

      2. have you seen cyan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        10 months, 20 days ago

        I will watch just to cheer on a Vardy red lol

    1. Puntillimon
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      10 months, 20 days ago

      Lol.

    2. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      10 months, 20 days ago

      Good one

    3. Pompel
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      10 months, 20 days ago

      😛
      It's actually too big to hide under!

    4. Plant Based FPLer
      • 4 Years
      10 months, 20 days ago

      It's been a while now that we could stop laughing at the Easter Islanders going extinct from cutting down all their trees just to roll around their useless statues.

      1. Klaren
        • 4 Years
        10 months, 20 days ago

        ...

  26. Party time
      10 months, 20 days ago

      Mitrovic now a benchwarmer?

      1. nico05
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        10 months, 20 days ago

        Why is this? He's their best CF by a country mile

        1. Ze_Austin
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          10 months, 20 days ago

          Confidence, apparently

        2. Puntillimon
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          10 months, 20 days ago

          He cut a frustrated figure when things didn’t go his way. Didn’t inspire confidence in an already low confidence side to say the least

    • thepuntmaster
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      10 months, 20 days ago

      Which couple going forward?

      A) Zaha + Wilson/Antonio/Bamford
      B) Ziyech + Adams/Welbeck

      Thanks

      1. wulfrunian
        • 5 Years
        10 months, 20 days ago

        b with Welbeck

    • nico05
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 20 days ago

      Best Jimi replacement for 8.3 & under?

      1. Zim0
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        10 months, 20 days ago

        It will be Ings soon

        1. nico05
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          10 months, 20 days ago

          When is he back?

          1. Zim0
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            10 months, 20 days ago

            Hassenhutl said he could feature against brighton. So i think he should be back starting the week after that

            1. nico05
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              10 months, 20 days ago

              Cheers I wasn't aware of that! Ings sounds like he could be a good shout

      2. Dr Dream
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        10 months, 20 days ago

        Cavani is the intriguing one if you feel brave.

        1. Plant Based FPLer
          • 4 Years
          10 months, 20 days ago

          He might get a suspension soon. He posted a Suarez-like racist comment on Twitter or the like.

          1. Puntillimon
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            10 months, 20 days ago

            Was Suarez ever banned for racist comments? Or was it just the biting

        2. nico05
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          10 months, 20 days ago

          I'm unsure on him with guaranteed minutes when martial is fit

      3. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        10 months, 20 days ago

        DCL

        1. nico05
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          10 months, 20 days ago

          Was thinking this just the fixtures turn rather nasty shortly

    • Abusive_Sgt_Daelrhos
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      10 months, 20 days ago

      Special night incoming