Scout Squad

The Scout Squad’s top picks for FPL Gameweek 12

Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur players are predictably in demand as our Scout Squad team convene ahead of Gameweek 12.

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

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

The assets listed will then be narrowed down to a squad of 15 (with the starting XI not exceeding a total cost of £83m) for the weekly Scout Picks selection ahead of the FPL deadline at 18:30 GMT on Friday.

In each squad, there are requirements for at least:

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

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

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

DavidNealeTomAndy
GKAlex McCarthyAlex McCarthyAlex McCarthyIllan Meslier
Karl DarlowBernd LenoBernd LenoKarl Darlow
Bernd LenoLukasz FabianskiKarl DarlowAlex McCarthy
DFAndrew RobertsonAndrew RobertsonAndrew RobertsonAndrew Robertson
Ben ChilwellSergio ReguilonSergio ReguilónStuart Dallas
Kyle Walker-PetersHector BellerinReece JamesSergio Reguilón
Ezgjan AlioskiJannik VestergaardKyle Walker-PetersHéctor Bellerín
Matt TargettJamal LewisEzgjan AlioskiJannik Vestergaard
MFMohamed SalahSadio ManeMohamed SalahMohamed Salah
Son Heung-minSon Heung-minSon Heung-minSadio Mané
Kevin De BruyneChristian PulisicKevin De BruyneSon Heung-min
Jack GrealishKevin De BruynePedro NetoPedro Neto
Jack HarrisonDaniel PodenceRaphinhaBruno Fernandes
FWHarry KaneJamie VardyJamie VardyHarry Kane
Timo WernerHarry KaneHarry KanePatrick Bamford
Olivier GiroudPatrick BamfordDanny IngsJamie Vardy
Patrick BamfordCallum WilsonPatrick BamfordCallum Wilson
Danny WelbeckDanny IngsCallum WilsonTimo Werner


Most popular picks: Alex McCarthy, Andrew Robertson, Son Heung-min, Harry Kane, Patrick Bamford (four), Bernd Leno, Karl Darlow, Sergio Reguilon, Mohamed Salah, Kevin De Bruyne, Jamie Vardy, Callum Wilson (three)

DAVID SAID…

Alex McCarthy and Kyle Walker-Peters feel like routine inclusions in my Scout Squad submission this week as Southampton prepare to host Sheffield United.

The Saints have kept clean sheets in all their home meetings with sides outside the so-called ‘big six’ this season while the Blades remain the Premier League’s joint-lowest scorers, finding the net in just five matches so far.

Ben Chilwell is my first-choice defender based on his potential for a double-figure haul. Chelsea’s backline is one of the best in the division since Gameweek 8, conceding the fewest big chances of any team during that time. Meanwhile, over the same period, no defender has matched Chilwell for four shots on target.

Knowing that Marcelo Bielsa will start Ezgjan Alioski at left-back against West Ham, I fancy his chances to do well in Gameweek 12. The Hammers are joint-worst for defending the right flank over the last four matches, while the only Leeds defender to register more touches in the box over that time is Luke Ayling, who will fill in at centre-back on Friday night.

West Ham’s weakness to left-sided players means Jack Harrison gets into my Scout Squad submission once again, returning to the flanks after a stint at central midfield.

I am unconcerned by Mohamed Salah‘s 90-minute Champions League outing against Midtjylland considering the turnaround time between Liverpool’s games right now. They play Fulham later on Sunday afternoon and don’t face Spurs until the following Wednesday. A Gameweek 12 trip to Craven Cottage strikes me as the sort of fixture Jurgen Klopp will name his best team, in the hope of racing into an early lead. That way, he can manage his best players’ minutes in the second half, rather than end up like Ole Gunnar Solksjaer’s Manchester United side at West Ham!

Meanwhile, I think Son Heung-min is set for another strong display this weekend. He profited from Arsenal’s problem defending from the right last time out and, in Gameweek 12, the South Korean faces a Crystal Palace side that has conceded the third-highest number of chances from that side of the pitch this season. Considering Harry Kane is usually the assister, it makes sense to get him in my Scout Squad as well.

I am backing Jack Grealish and his Aston Villa colleagues to get a positive result at Wolves on Saturday, the Molineux side missing what Raúl Jiménez does both on and off the ball.

Up front, I’m going with a Chelsea double-up of Timo Werner and Olivier Giroud. I fancy the former to finally get the big double-digit haul his recent displays have promised, especially considering Everton have conceded the joint-most number of big chances over the last four matches.

I fancy Brighton to pick up a result or, at the very least, score a few goals at Leicester on Sunday evening. The Foxes’ defence since Gameweek 8 has conceded 12 big chances, the second-highest in the division over that time. During the same period, no Brighton player has registered more shots in the box or created more big chances than Danny Welbeck, who has attacking returns in each of his last three Premier League appearances.

NEALE SAID…

There are compelling cases being made for Mohamed Salah both starting and not starting in Sunday’s match at Craven Cottage and it’s that uncertainty, exacerbated by the Egyptian’s extended run-out in the UEFA Champions League on Wednesday, that leads me to plump for the rested Sadio Mane as my safer route into the Liverpool attack this weekend.

The Senegalese winger maybe without a goal since Gameweek 5 but he is still getting into the right areas (see the Nelson Semedo own-goal last weekend) and has recorded nine shots in the box to Salah’s three over the last four Gameweeks, albeit from 51 extra minutes of pitch-time.

I’ve kept faith with Kevin De Bruyne despite his profligacy in Gameweek 11. We’re used to the Belgian chancing his arm from distance but that advanced central role he is now taking up has contributed to him being joint-top for shots in the box among FPL midfielders in the last four Gameweeks, and I’ve seen little in Manchester United’s backline to convince me that they could shut out City when the two foes meet at Old Trafford.

All four of my heavy hitters in midfield have away matches this weekend, with Palace’s well-documented vulnerability to conceding chances from their right flank serving only to rubber-stamp the Son Heung-min (and Sergio Reguilon) selection.

Also on the road is Christian Pulisic. The versatile Timo Werner is being shunted across the Chelsea frontline and could well be covering for the injured Hakim Ziyech (as happened when the Moroccan went off in Gameweek 11) on the right flank this weekend. While there were encouraging signs (apart from the finishing) from the German in that role against Leeds, Pulisic’s return to fitness, rest in midweek, capacity to drift into dangerous six-yard box positions and past streakiness when it comes to scoring goals leads me to opt for the American against one of the division’s least watertight backlines.

Sheffield United are another one of those porous sides, without a clean sheet all season, although they rarely seem to get turned over. Danny Ings just about makes the cut as a result but it’s the Blades’ woes at the other end of the field that fills me with optimism of Saints defensive double-up. Selecting Jannik Vestergaard seems like chasing points but there is some logic behind what appears to be a lazy pick on paper, as Chris Wilder’s side have allowed the most headed chances and opportunities to be created from set plays in 2020/21.

Newcastle United and Arsenal also have favourable opposition this weekend, even if those two clubs themselves are hardly firing on all cylinders.

Jamal Lewis is Newcastle’s leading chance creator and one of the cheapest starting players in FPL now, while the talismanic Callum Wilson‘s love of a winning goal – and thus bonus points – should see him in with an excellent chance of making the Scout Picks on Friday, providing the game against West Brom goes ahead.

I wouldn’t touch Arsenal’s attack with a bargepole at present but I’d be more inclined to take a gamble on one of their defenders, who had looked in good shape up until Gameweek 8.

The visit of a shot-shy Burnley ought to give the Gunners a chance to add to their clean sheet tally, while the fact that the Clarets have allowed the joint-highest number of chances to be conceded from their left side this season cements Hector Bellerin‘s place in my squad.

TOM SAID…

Alex McCarthy is my first-choice keeper for Gameweek 12. 

This week’s opponents Sheffield United are struggling for goals. Their numbers suggest they haven’t been quite as bad as the league table implies, but their finishing has been awful and as a result, they’ve only scored three non-penalty goals this term.

I’ve also selected Bernd Leno, who tends to collect bonus points when Arsenal keep a clean sheet, and Karl Darlow.

At the back, Andrew Robertson is my top pick, followed closely by Sergio Reguilón and Reece James

Son Heung-min and Harry Kane rightly took the plaudits on Sunday as they fired Tottenham Hotspur to another win, but Reguilón also impressed. Since making his debut in Gameweek 4, he’s produced attacking or defensive returns in six of his seven appearances, while James has been an important part of a solid Chelsea defence. I’m expecting him to get some joy attacking Everton’s left-side too, which has looked vulnerable in the absence of Lucas Digne.

Budget options Kyle Walker-Peters and Ezgjan Alioski (more on him later) complete the defensive picks.

Further forward, the inclusion of heavy hitters Mohamed Salah, Kevin De Bruyne and Jamie Vardy largely speak for themselves, so I’ll dedicate a bit more time to some of my other selections.

Patrick Bamford continued his excellent scoring record at Chelsea last time out, and is joined by differential Raphinha. The Brazilian has been posting good numbers since making his first start in Gameweek 9, and I’m not against an attacking double-up, given that no team has created more chances than Leeds United so far. With Robin Koch out, I do think they will concede against West Ham United and was tempted to throw Jarrod Bowen in, but settled on Alioski who will be attacking the Hammers’ weaker right flank and is worth a punt.

Wolverhampton Wanderers have looked much more potent going forward after switching to a back-four shape, and whether fielded out wide or through the middle, Pedro Neto will be key. Over the last four Gameweeks, amongst midfielders, only Bruno Fernandes has registered more shots on target.

The offensive list is completed by Danny Ings and Callum Wilson.

ANDY SAID…

With no concrete news yet, we still don’t know if Newcastle United v West Brom will be on, but reports seem to indicate it’s more likely than not as things stand. Given West Brom have conceded the most goals this season it seems obvious to include Callum Wilson who is still inside the top five forwards for overall points despite missing two Gameweeks.

Tottenham Hotspur have now kept four clean sheets in a row and are starting to look like a “Jose Mourinho team”. Sergio Reguilón has been a mainstay in the back four and while his creativity has dropped in recent weeks, I can’t help but feel that’s due to the tougher opposition in Manchester City, Chelsea and Arsenal that Spurs have faced. Even with Wilfried Zaha back for Crystal Palace it could quite easily be five in a row by the end of Gameweek 12, with potential attacking returns as well.

Out of all forwards so far this season only Dominic Calvert-Lewin has a higher xG per 90 minutes than Patrick Bamford when you include regular starters. While the West Ham defence has been difficult to penetrate, Man United were able to do it three times, and Aston Villa could consider themselves lucky not to have scored more in Gameweek 10. Only Liverpool have had more shots in the box than Leeds this season and that’s not going to slow down this week. 

Since moving to a back four in Gameweek 9, Daniel Podence has had seven shots in just 226 minutes, with six of them coming inside the box. That’s two more than Pedro Neto but Neto’s expected goal involvement is higher at 1.68 (vs 0.85) and he’s done that in just 189 minutes. With Raúl Jiménez looking to be out for a while we should see Neto’s minutes increase.

With Fulham up next for Liverpool, it’s important not to overthink too much. While some may say that Fulham have started to improve defensively, they have still conceded six goals in the last three matches, and I’m still trying to work out how Manchester City didn’t score more. I’d happily back both Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mané for points in this one, even after the former’s 90-minute run-out on Wednesday. Salah has the highest expected goal involvement of any midfielder this season, with Mané also in the top five.

THE COMMUNITY CHAMPION

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

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

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

In Gameweek 11, Camzy lost out 55-58 to our selection. The Scout Picks lead the community 7-4 over the course of the season.

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737 Comments Post a Comment
  1. C_Manan
    • 1 Year
    4 months, 3 days ago

    Ziyech Grealish Vardy Robbo >> Salah Bruno Watkins Dier over 2 GWs and -8 points.
    To do or not to do?

    1. NateDogsCats
        4 months, 3 days ago

        Not digging -8 but getting Salah and Bruno in, yeah I think that'll pay itself off over a few weeks

        1. C_Manan
          • 1 Year
          4 months, 3 days ago

          Can even spread it over 3 weeks and take only -4
          This GW it'll be Ziyech Vardy >> Salah Watkins/Wilson

          1. Im New Here
              4 months, 3 days ago

              I've actually done Ziyech & Vardy -> Salah & Wilson this week for a -4

              I think it will pay off

      • FPLGeezer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        4 months, 3 days ago

        Anyone already decided they will go without Salah?

        Have been considering the hokey cokey but dont want to be using hits and transfers to get back premium players who are on pens and capable of scoring against anyone this week especially given ive used first WC.

        1. Kloppcorn
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          4 months, 3 days ago

          For me salah Is the first name on my team, the mans got a thirst for goals

          1. FPLGeezer
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            4 months, 3 days ago

            This is my fear after a horrible start have had 4 green arrows doing the sensible move that week. Got Bruno in captained and KdB simialry the past couple weeks. This week Salah screams the sensible captain.

            1. DGW Sane TC Fail....
              • 10 Years
              4 months, 3 days ago

              he's not a sensible captain he's just played 90 mins

              1. FPL.team
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                4 months, 3 days ago

                Plenty of players play 90 on a Wednesday and a Sunday.

              2. ebb2sparky
                • 10 Years
                4 months, 3 days ago

                Most likely he will start and since he is liverpool's best player i find it odd you believe him not to be sensible captain material.

                I will captain him although as a fulham fan i hope i'm wrong and you are right!

        2. NateDogsCats
            4 months, 3 days ago

            Haven't had him at all this season, I've dropped off recently from a good start but weirdly enough apart from last week in that time Salah hasn't been the problem, it's been not having the likes of Zaha that have hurt me

            1. FPLGeezer
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              4 months, 3 days ago

              Had him captain gw1 and then dropped down the ranks. Been on a rise since took him out after the covid issue. Now at another cross roads again!

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

            A must have in my opinion.

          • Pukki Blinders
            • 1 Year
            4 months, 3 days ago

            salah is irreplaceable

            1. DGW Sane TC Fail....
              • 10 Years
              4 months, 3 days ago

              He wasn't at Brighton 🙂

              1. Pukki Blinders
                • 1 Year
                4 months, 3 days ago

                and still got 6 pts

                1. DGW Sane TC Fail....
                  • 10 Years
                  4 months, 3 days ago

                  not a massive Captains haul is it

                  1. Pukki Blinders
                    • 1 Year
                    4 months, 3 days ago

                    good thing I captained KDB then

                    1. DGW Sane TC Fail....
                      • 10 Years
                      4 months, 3 days ago

                      same here 🙂 .. you putting the Armband on Salah?

                      1. Pukki Blinders
                        • 1 Year
                        4 months, 3 days ago

                        yep for the first time in a while

                        1. DGW Sane TC Fail....
                          • 10 Years
                          4 months, 3 days ago

                          Am staying with KDB he's been massively overlooked this weekend. Rested, in great form and against Man Utd at home would are dire.

                          1. DGW Sane TC Fail....
                            • 10 Years
                            4 months, 3 days ago

                            who

          • DGW Sane TC Fail....
            • 10 Years
            4 months, 3 days ago

            Only reason i would be bringing Salah now is if i was putting the armband on him. After playing 90mins I've decided somebody else can take that risk :).

            1. FPLGeezer
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              4 months, 3 days ago

              Would definitely captain. The midweek makes me think hes getting minutes in for Salah after covid but will preserve him for Spurs. If he does start and bang on Sunday I suppose the quick game weeks will help us get over it lol.

              1. DGW Sane TC Fail....
                • 10 Years
                4 months, 3 days ago

                This game is always a risk. Am taking a risk going with KDB . He's fully rested in great form. Son Kane and Salah could all have limited minutes. If it pays off i will defo climb the ranks..

          • sully29
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            4 months, 3 days ago

            Right now bringing I'm more likely to either bring in Mane for a week or do nothing than bring in Salah.

            I'm keeping an open mind though, in case anyone makes a compelling argument otherwise or we hear anything else.

            1. FPLGeezer
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              4 months, 3 days ago

              Think I'm with you holding off until last minute and not worried about team value.

        3. Kloppcorn
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          4 months, 3 days ago

          I could do with some help, I have played my wildcard and am choosing between Son and Kane, I am not getting both, if I get son I can spread more funds to my bench preparing for the double game week

          1. Kloppcorn
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            4 months, 3 days ago

            Although Kane’s stats look more sustainable than Son’s, can son really keep up this form? He’s scored 10 goals from 21 shots this season

          2. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
            • 4 Years
            4 months, 3 days ago

            Son for me as he provides better value, I trust Kane more for captaincy but I doubt you'll captain him anytime soon

            1. Kloppcorn
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              4 months, 3 days ago

              Nope he ain’t gonna be captain anytime soon, but pens is coming into my thinking and Kane is miles ahead on XG and is ahead XA

              1. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
                • 4 Years
                4 months, 3 days ago

                Son is devastating on the counter though, even with lower xG he keeps scoring, just needs 1-2 chances and he gets the job done

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

            Son better value. Kane will have a blinder though.

          4. panda07
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            4 months, 3 days ago

            I'd get Son and prepare for DGW's

          5. Kloppcorn
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            4 months, 3 days ago

            Cheers guys son seems to be the winner

          6. Pukki Blinders
            • 1 Year
            4 months, 3 days ago

            Son has been overperforming, but who knows when that stops

        4. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
          • 4 Years
          4 months, 3 days ago

          Which one for the next 5-6 GW'S in FPL Draft?
          A) Cavani
          B) Firmino
          C) Giroud
          D) Welbeck
          E) Benteke
          F) Fabio Silva

          1. Kloppcorn
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            4 months, 3 days ago

            Jeez I’d say any of A-C such a tough choice

          2. Ze_Austin
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            4 months, 3 days ago

            Giroud

        5. jb1985
          • 2 Years
          4 months, 3 days ago

          All this talk of Salah not starting i think he will start, last December he had a mental schedule with the Fifa club cup thrown in as well. Looking at the stats for games in December 19 he played:

          04/12 - Everton - PL - 0mins (on bench)
          07/12 - Bournemouth - PL - 90min - 1G 1A
          14/12 - Watford -PL - 90min - 2G
          18/12 - Monterrey - Fifa Club Cup - 90min - 1A
          21/12 - Flamengo - Fifa Club Cup - 120min
          26/12 - Leicester - PL - 70min
          29/12 - Wolves - PL - 90min
          02/01 - Sheffield UTD - PL - 90min - 1G

          1. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
            • 4 Years
            4 months, 3 days ago

            There was no Jota last time

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

            Decent, thanks for this!

          3. jb1985
            • 2 Years
            4 months, 3 days ago

            Forgot to add also Champions League game:

            10/12 - RB Salzburg - 90min - 2G

          4. Kloppcorn
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            4 months, 3 days ago

            No way salah is being dropped, might miss one game out of the run

          5. Pumpy Pro
            • 11 Years
            4 months, 3 days ago

            They didn't have Jota then. Totally irrelevant

            1. Warby84
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              4 months, 3 days ago

              Jota is no competition for Salah, so it is relevant.. Salah starts.

              1. Pumpy Pro
                • 11 Years
                4 months, 3 days ago

                Deluded

            2. FPL.team
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              4 months, 3 days ago

              They had other players that could play. Jota is not suddenly God of Liverpool.

              1. Treadstone
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                4 months, 3 days ago

                Jota has put himself in contention for a regular spot far more than the likes of Origi ever did. Klopp admitted as much in a recent interview.However having said that I think Salah will start sunday and be withdrawn early if pool are a few goals up.

        6. BigKeith
            4 months, 3 days ago

            0ft, 0itb Anything worth a hit?

            Martinez, (Steer)
            Dallas, Coufal, Chilwell (Mitchell, Dunne)
            Son, Salah, Grealish, Jota (Ziyech)
            DCL, Kane, Bamford

            Cheers

            1. CroatianHammer
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              4 months, 3 days ago

              Just hope that Salah plays enough since none of those subs will feature. Sell DCL for GW13, upgrade one of those non-playing defenders possibly (you'd be taking a hit if you upgrade same week of course)

          • Jon Walter's Hatty
            • 7 Years
            4 months, 3 days ago

            I know it is all speculation but to me that Pool side starts with the Holy Trinity and Jota comes on at 60-70, probably for Salah. The key to me is Jota getting the full 90 yesterday. Salah needed to get those minutes in his legs and he will be desperate to get after Fulham, Klopp tends to indulge him...

            1. Treadstone
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              4 months, 3 days ago

              This

          • A23
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            4 months, 3 days ago

            So none of the experienced manager here fancy DCL. Despite being the top goal scorer in the league. Interesting.

            1. Kloppcorn
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              4 months, 3 days ago

              I’ve got DCL and he ain’t moving until he stops scoring, the man lives inside the 6 yard box

            2. Stupendous
              • 8 Years
              4 months, 3 days ago

              He stays until he stops scoring.

              Zouma is crap and DCL will exploit his poor positioning skills as will Richarlison.

              After this weekend reassess if I'm wrong.

              1. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
                • 4 Years
                4 months, 3 days ago

                Agree with the first line.
                Calling Zouma crap is extremely harsh, he has been really good besides Thiago Silva, even besides his goals he has been solid although he does have an error or two on him, and DCL could exploit that

              2. Kloppcorn
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                4 months, 3 days ago

                I rate Zouma absolute animal in the air, the man can jump so high it’s silly

                1. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
                  • 4 Years
                  4 months, 3 days ago

                  DCL aerially has been the best striker in the league and Zouma the best defender, gonna be an insane battle!

              3. DGW Sane TC Fail....
                • 10 Years
                4 months, 3 days ago

                i dont think Everton will have the ball that much

            3. DGW Sane TC Fail....
              • 10 Years
              4 months, 3 days ago

              i think am going to bench him this week

            4. Warby84
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              4 months, 3 days ago

              Experienced meaning??

            5. FPL.team
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              4 months, 3 days ago

              No-one saying DCL won't do well just now might be the time to move onto a chaper asset to afford another big hitter. Why does everyone judge so much when a player is moved on like you can't get them back again and why does everyone have to follow the same strategy and then moan about the template?

          • C_Manan
            • 1 Year
            4 months, 3 days ago

            Anyone thinks Klopp might play Salah 90 against Fulham, rest against Tottenham and use it as an excuse for losing to Mourinho and complain about tight schedule?

            1. mynameisq
              • 7 Years
              4 months, 3 days ago

              Tinfoil hat on

            2. HellasLEAF
              • 11 Years
              4 months, 3 days ago

              Nonsense.

            3. Pukki Blinders
              • 1 Year
              4 months, 3 days ago

              Yeah sounds like Klopp

            4. DGW Sane TC Fail....
              • 10 Years
              4 months, 3 days ago

              that's got to be trolling lol

          • HellasLEAF
            • 11 Years
            4 months, 3 days ago

            DCL out for Wilson and use those funds to upgrade Kilman or Mitchell??

            Honestly I feel like Wilson/DCL almost a wash and Wilson cheaper. Funds would help too. Can't see another player on squad I can downgrade...

            1. mynameisq
              • 7 Years
              4 months, 3 days ago

              Wilson just gets points simple as that, perfectly fine choice. Though he's one of those I could never bring in myself

            2. Lemongrab
              • 11 Years
              4 months, 3 days ago

              Wilson has excellent next 3 fixtures too but you may want a plan to move him on after that

          • Lemongrab
            • 11 Years
            4 months, 3 days ago

            What looks better...

            A) Jota, James, Chilwell
            B) Son, Dallas, Coufal

            (other defenders are Lamptey, Taylor, KWP)

            1. HellasLEAF
              • 11 Years
              4 months, 3 days ago

              Son essential so B.

              Son and Kane essential. Essential.

              1. Kloppcorn
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                4 months, 3 days ago

                I wouldn’t say both are essential, one of them possibly but not both

              2. Lemongrab
                • 11 Years
                4 months, 3 days ago

                I sold Son for KDB 2 weeks ago, since then....

                KDB 24
                Son 16

                So I don't think he is 'essential' especially as KDB gives me an obvious captain most weeks.

                1. HellasLEAF
                  • 11 Years
                  4 months, 3 days ago

                  KDB also more expensive no?

                  Sure if you can KDB over Son but at that price close to essential.

                  I'd say Kane over Son cause Kane on PK. But he is also more expensive lol.

                  Get what you pay for..

                  1. Lemongrab
                    • 11 Years
                    4 months, 3 days ago

                    Fair

                    maybe a better comparison is how my options have performed over the last 5 weeks

                    Jota, James, Chilwell (18.4m) = 87
                    Son, Dallas, Coufal (18.7m) = 69

                    (appreciated Son has had tough fixtures)

              3. Pukki Blinders
                • 1 Year
                4 months, 3 days ago

                Rubbish

          • Shark Team
            • 3 Years
            4 months, 3 days ago

            Everton scored more than 1 goal only once(!) in the last 6 gws
            I doubt if they do it more than 2 times in the next 9 fixtures...
            I'm keeping DCL for this gw cause my move next gw will be
            4.5 Def + Bruno in
            Robertson + DCL out
            (3-5-2)

            1. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
              • 4 Years
              4 months, 3 days ago

              DCL doesn't even need to score every week for his price though, it's hard to see Everton scoring without DCL at the end of it.
              This is like Spurs case where even though they don't score there is Kane and Son involvement. Still think those are decent moves though

              1. Shark Team
                • 3 Years
                4 months, 3 days ago

                Thank you mate this is why I kept Kane. I love DCL too and I ve had him since gw1 so it's a worry to sell him but I think I will go with the big hitters this month as every team trying to get as much as possible from this festive period

            2. Pukki Blinders
              • 1 Year
              4 months, 3 days ago

              Could say the same about Spurs, does that mean you should get rid of Kane and Son too?

              1. Shark Team
                • 3 Years
                4 months, 3 days ago

                I own Kane only due to higher involvement and also he has the ability to return against both high and low lines defences (for ex.CRY). It's not the same case though cause Everton's fixture turn worse from this gw while Spurs turn better

                1. Pukki Blinders
                  • 1 Year
                  4 months, 3 days ago

                  DCL fixture proof imo, has returned against Pool, Spurs and United this season already

          • swarupmallick12
            • 1 Year
            4 months, 3 days ago

            Need some help, want to transfer out Sterling, 2.6m in bank.. Please suggest

          • Stupendous
            • 8 Years
            4 months, 3 days ago

            With Torres and Mahrez and no KDB

            How is my derby day gonna go fantasy wise?

            Think we smash that shower comfortably FWIW.

            4 - 1 City

            1. mynameisq
              • 7 Years
              4 months, 3 days ago

              One won't play and the other will get marked out of the game

            2. Flair
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              4 months, 3 days ago

              2-1 United imo. Not very optimistic for this one

          • Hazardous1983
            • 10 Years
            4 months, 3 days ago

            Shud i change vardy dcl n watkins. 2 ft

            1. Kloppcorn
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              4 months, 3 days ago

              Get Bamford for vardy n pump that money into midfield, or switch him for Kane, Leicester have been poor for weeks now

          • mynameisq
            • 7 Years
            4 months, 3 days ago

            I am doing the hokey cokey, but with Salah minutes not guaranteed I may just go with Mane for cap. It would be my first deviation this season in terms of captaincy from who I think is the obvious points scorer and the strategy thus far is working a charm

            Mane doesn't look at it since covid though

            1. Kloppcorn
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              4 months, 3 days ago

              Mane has been playing well but been poor in front of goal

              1. mynameisq
                • 7 Years
                4 months, 3 days ago

                Yeah only a matter of time before it clicks and he sorts his feet out he's been close

            2. Flair
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              4 months, 3 days ago

              Have both but captaining Salah. Much better form and I trust him

              1. mynameisq
                • 7 Years
                4 months, 3 days ago

                Form and performance isn't the issue otherwise ofc 100% salah, minutes is the issue and could potentially win big if Mane hauls and Salah doesn't start

                1. Flair
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  4 months, 3 days ago

                  I'm confident Salah will start so going for him

          • Ze_Austin
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            4 months, 3 days ago

            https://twitter.com/FFScout/status/1337022608722759688?s=20

            Pulisic starts one game and already has a hamstring scare

            Caveat emptor

            1. Daniel - When to BB?
              • 11 Years
              4 months, 3 days ago

              I think Lampard wants to say if if was meaningful game i am more than happy to start him but this was absolutely unimportant game so i benched him and rested him in order not to risk. he will start on the weekend. also Lampard has to keep him in a cotton since CHO and Ziyech are out we don't have wingers

              1. Ze_Austin
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                4 months, 3 days ago

                He'll start. I'm not saying he's a rotation risk

                I'm saying he's an injury risk

                1. Daniel - When to BB?
                  • 11 Years
                  4 months, 3 days ago

                  agreed.

            2. Lemongrab
              • 11 Years
              4 months, 3 days ago

              until he plays 5 or 6 games in a row I would go nowhere near him, especially as there are so many good midfield options

          • Rhodes your boat
            • 4 Years
            4 months, 3 days ago

            Morning all! Gtg for the weekend? 0ft 0.2itb

            Martinez
            Chilwell kwp balbuena
            Salah(c) kdb Bruno son soucek
            Werner bamford

            Forster lamptey Mitchell davis

            1. Rhodes your boat
              • 4 Years
              4 months, 3 days ago

              Afternoon*!!

          • baines is god
            • 9 Years
            4 months, 3 days ago

            Start 2 of the 3,
            Rashford
            Coady
            Jota

            Thoughts

            1. mynameisq
              • 7 Years
              4 months, 3 days ago

              Rash and Jota

              1. Kloppcorn
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                4 months, 3 days ago

                Deffo Rash and Jota

            2. komodosam
              • 1 Year
              4 months, 3 days ago

              Sell Coady.

          • Daniel - When to BB?
            • 11 Years
            4 months, 3 days ago

            So WC in GW 17 or FH in GW 19 or both?

            1. Daniel - When to BB?
              • 11 Years
              4 months, 3 days ago

              People we are not talking this enough, no one is talking about how and when to use the chips, looks like we are not up to speed with the pandemic lurking?

              1. Kloppcorn
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                4 months, 3 days ago

                I’m starting to prepare for them now building my team ready for the double and using the free hit in the blank game week

            2. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
              • 4 Years
              4 months, 3 days ago

              I was thinking FH GW18 for the blanks

              1. Kloppcorn
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                4 months, 3 days ago

                We seem to agree on a lot of things VIBUDH

                1. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
                  • 4 Years
                  4 months, 3 days ago

                  Hahaha true even I noticed

                  1. Kloppcorn
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 6 Years
                    4 months, 3 days ago

                    Wish there was a way to message ppl on here would like to chat footie with you

                    1. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
                      • 4 Years
                      4 months, 3 days ago

                      Are you on Twitter? could add me there

                      1. Kloppcorn
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 6 Years
                        4 months, 3 days ago

                        Yeah I am mate what’s your Twitter?

                          1. Ze_Austin
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 2 Years
                            4 months, 3 days ago

                            Followed 🙂

              2. Daniel - When to BB?
                • 11 Years
                4 months, 3 days ago

                Why not for the doubles, better upside no? Initially I wan to use in FH in GW 19

                1. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
                  • 4 Years
                  4 months, 3 days ago

                  Depends on the fixtures really, if you can field like 7-8 in the Blank GW then it will be interesting

                2. Kloppcorn
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 6 Years
                  4 months, 3 days ago

                  I prefer to get 15 starters for the double and bench boost then free hit in the blank to get 11 starters in there

                3. Ze_Austin
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  4 months, 3 days ago

                  I have my transfers planned to get my DGW19 players in by GW17, FH18, and roll the DGW19 transfer while playing bench boost... With 3 FTs for GWs 20 and 21 to clear the bench and focus the funds back on my XI

                  1. Daniel - When to BB?
                    • 11 Years
                    4 months, 3 days ago

                    wow. but will you know on time who will have the doubles? what about the blanks?

                    1. Daniel - When to BB?
                      • 11 Years
                      4 months, 3 days ago

                      got it FH in GW 18. could work

            3. Shark Team
              • 3 Years
              4 months, 3 days ago

              It depends on how many more games will be played but I probably won't play any chips as traditionally any winter dgw trolls me so bad.

              1. Ze_Austin
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                4 months, 3 days ago

                The fixture schedule has nerfed late DGWs this season. They're more likely to be spread out than congested into the usual two heavy DGWs, meaning DGW19 is probably the heaviest DGW... According to @BenCrellin

                1. Daniel - When to BB?
                  • 11 Years
                  4 months, 3 days ago

                  so WC and bench boost?

                  1. Ze_Austin
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 2 Years
                    4 months, 3 days ago

                    Depends on your team. I'll use the WC much later in the season, for the DGW season (it will still happen, just smaller clusters rather than two major DGWs) or for template shifts. Trying to navigate GWs 18 and 19 with FTs

                    1. Shark Team
                      • 3 Years
                      4 months, 3 days ago

                      I've missed some episodes on this topic. It seems like gw 19 will be the gw where the 3 (Mutd ManCity Aston Villa) fixtures are gonna be played plus the Whu-Wba right?
                      This is why it will be such a big dgw?
                      I believe it will affect my plans after gw15 so for the next 3gws I can still play me own game and then start planning..

                      1. Ze_Austin
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 2 Years
                        4 months, 3 days ago

                        Oh, there's absolutely no need to worry about it until around GW16, when some fixture turns happen again. It's just boredom that makes me plan so far ahead. You're fine for now

                        And yeah, GW19 will be a big DGW, but the only confirmed DGW for now is West Ham + West Brom. The rest of the rescheduled fixtures should be announced before the GW16 deadline

          • Better Call Raul
            • 1 Year
            4 months, 3 days ago

            Ziyech + Vardy -> Salah + Wilson (-4) ?

            1. Live Lad
              • 6 Years
              4 months, 3 days ago

              Like it.

            2. Ze_Austin
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              4 months, 3 days ago

              Absolutely

              Newcastle might be rusty vs West Brom, but they should be back in full gear for the easy games afterwards

            3. Im New Here
                4 months, 3 days ago

                Yeah I've done the same

            4. Live Lad
              • 6 Years
              4 months, 3 days ago

              Ings or Son in my WC team?

              1. Kloppcorn
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                4 months, 3 days ago

                I’d go with son

              2. mynameisq
                • 7 Years
                4 months, 3 days ago

                Both!

                1. Live Lad
                  • 6 Years
                  4 months, 3 days ago

                  Can't have both with Salah, KDB, Bruno and Grealish

            5. wulfrunian
              • 4 Years
              4 months, 3 days ago

              I think Wolves-Villa is the toughest fixture of the gw.Any predictions?

              1. 1zverGGadeM
                • 4 Years
                4 months, 3 days ago

                0-0

              2. Kloppcorn
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                4 months, 3 days ago

                I think villa will win, can’t see wolves attack being as good without jiminez he’s so important to how they play with his threat in the air and hold up play

              3. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
                • 4 Years
                4 months, 3 days ago

                1-1

              4. Shark Team
                • 3 Years
                4 months, 3 days ago

                1-2 imo I'm really impressed by Villa away from home. Versus West Ham they dominated the game in such a crazy way, not even ManCity and ManUtd where that good Vs Hammers away. Own only Grealish though but Watkins could be on fire on this game.

            6. baines is god
              • 9 Years
              4 months, 3 days ago

              will any of the 4.0 or less Liverpool defenders likely starting this weekend?

              1. Kloppcorn
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                4 months, 3 days ago

                Doubt it, robertson, matip, fabinho and TAA

              2. Dynamic Duos
                • 7 Years
                4 months, 3 days ago

                I think Neco starts this one , Trent rested because only just back from injury

                1. Kloppcorn
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 6 Years
                  4 months, 3 days ago

                  Trent is a fit lad and it was only a small injury, I think neco will be the most likely of the cheap ones but I just can’t see trent not playing

              3. Pukki Blinders
                • 1 Year
                4 months, 3 days ago

                Starting Phillips in my team but can't see him starting due to Fulhams pace. Neco likely benched too

            7. as33
              • 5 Years
              4 months, 3 days ago

              Pick 1:
              a) Wilson
              b) Bamford
              c) Watkins

              1. Kloppcorn
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                4 months, 3 days ago

                B

              2. Dynamic Duos
                • 7 Years
                4 months, 3 days ago

                B

              3. Benteke Fried Chicken
                • 2 Years
                4 months, 3 days ago

                A

              4. Bobby Digital
                • 3 Years
                4 months, 3 days ago

                C

              5. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
                • 4 Years
                4 months, 3 days ago

                B

              6. Pukki Blinders
                • 1 Year
                4 months, 3 days ago

                C. 2 DGWS for Villa coming up and nice fixtures before that

                1. Dynamic Duos
                  • 7 Years
                  4 months, 3 days ago

                  Do we know when these doubles are?

                  1. Pukki Blinders
                    • 1 Year
                    4 months, 3 days ago

                    one at gw18, not sure about other

            8. Sterling Archer
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              4 months, 3 days ago

              ok think im set on not going for salah, but may just put some money on him to score to soften the blow

              1. Benteke Fried Chicken
                • 2 Years
                4 months, 3 days ago

                I like your style. However, ever considered mane and hope it’s his day instead?!

              2. Kloppcorn
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                4 months, 3 days ago

                Good luck, you can go without any player pretty much and still do well as the games all about getting the most points out of the budget

              3. Pumpy Pro
                • 11 Years
                4 months, 3 days ago

                Probably sensible and fair play for ignoring all the know it alls on here convincing themselves he isn't a risk. I am torn at moment. I probably will end up caving because i'm an idiot

              4. Jon Walter's Hatty
                • 7 Years
                4 months, 3 days ago

                When I do that players get 2-3 assists and bonus

            9. baines is god
              • 9 Years
              4 months, 3 days ago

              Using my free hit and going to play my bench boost too

              Mesler McCarthy
              KWP Gabriel Bellerin Justin Semedo
              Mane Salah (C) Aube Klich Neto
              Adams Wilson Bamford

              Thoughts?

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

                you can't use them both

              2. MINUS FOUR
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                4 months, 3 days ago

                Well one thought is that you can't even do that.

                1. MINUS FOUR
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  4 months, 3 days ago

                  Second thought is that's not a great Free Hit team either. Scrap the bench, get Werner/Pulisic, ditch double Arsenal defence for someone like Reguilon, try to have Robbo, maybe Bowen over Adams in a 3-5-2. But if your heart is set on that team, go for it.

              3. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
                • 4 Years
                4 months, 3 days ago

                You can't play 2 chips in a week haha

                1. baines is god
                  • 9 Years
                  4 months, 3 days ago

                  Fair play didn't realise. Tempted to play lacazette instead of Adams, downgrade Semedo to save money then

              4. Pukki Blinders
                • 1 Year
                4 months, 3 days ago

                Come on mate, you've been playing 8 years you should know you can't play both at once

                1. baines is god
                  • 9 Years
                  4 months, 3 days ago

                  I played very seriously between 2009-2012, then stopped playing properly until this season, obviously free hit and bench boost a new invention, didn't realise you couldn't use both

                  1. Pukki Blinders
                    • 1 Year
                    4 months, 3 days ago

                    fair enough, think saving FH for the DGWS will be more beneficial though

              5. Daniel - When to BB?
                • 11 Years
                4 months, 3 days ago

                good luck

              6. Over Midwicket
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                4 months, 3 days ago

                Noob.

            10. Im New Here
                4 months, 3 days ago

                Captain

                Salah - Fulham (A)
                Or
                Son - Crystal Palace (A)

                Currently on Son but I'm feeling Salah now

              • Daniel - When to BB?
                • 11 Years
                4 months, 3 days ago

                Can't believe I have the dilemma for getting rid of Antonio (WC pick in GW 4, don't ask) or early WC in GW 17. Absolutely Torn. I am so tempted by early second WC.

                1. Daniel - When to BB?
                  • 11 Years
                  4 months, 3 days ago

                  so bottom line, early WC anyone ?

                  1. Ze_Austin
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 2 Years
                    4 months, 3 days ago

                    Not enough upside, tbh. The template attack AND Chelsea defence all do well from GW19 and beyond, which is what you'll be wildcarding for... Putting you ahead for DGW19 only, then far from the template for 10+ GWs

                    Either that or your WC will be filled with players you should already have

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

                  17 is so far away. Just get rid and move on.

              • Boom XhakaLacaSaka
                • 1 Year
                4 months, 3 days ago

                1 ft left can I afford to be without either son/kane now which would mean shipping either vardy>kane or vardy>Wilson + Klich>Son (-4)