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.

Our next Scout Picks article on Friday will have further details on who is representing the community this week.


737 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Thomas Shelby from Birmingh…
    • 4 Years
    3 years, 6 months ago

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

    1. Nate(U)dog(ie)
      • 3 Years
      3 years, 6 months ago

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

      1. Thomas Shelby from Birmingh…
        • 4 Years
        3 years, 6 months 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
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          3 years, 6 months ago

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

          I think it will pay off

  2. FPLGeezer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    3 years, 6 months 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
      • 9 Years
      3 years, 6 months ago

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

      1. FPLGeezer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 years, 6 months 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....
          • 13 Years
          3 years, 6 months ago

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

          1. FPL.team
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            3 years, 6 months ago

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

          2. ebb2sparky
            • 13 Years
            3 years, 6 months 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. Nate(U)dog(ie)
      • 3 Years
      3 years, 6 months 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
        • 5 Years
        3 years, 6 months 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!

    3. Weak Become Heros
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 years, 6 months ago

      A must have in my opinion.

    4. Pukki Blinders
      • 4 Years
      3 years, 6 months ago

      salah is irreplaceable

      1. DGW Sane TC Fail....
        • 13 Years
        3 years, 6 months ago

        He wasn't at Brighton 🙂

        1. Pukki Blinders
          • 4 Years
          3 years, 6 months ago

          and still got 6 pts

          1. DGW Sane TC Fail....
            • 13 Years
            3 years, 6 months ago

            not a massive Captains haul is it

            1. Pukki Blinders
              • 4 Years
              3 years, 6 months ago

              good thing I captained KDB then

              1. DGW Sane TC Fail....
                • 13 Years
                3 years, 6 months ago

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

                1. Pukki Blinders
                  • 4 Years
                  3 years, 6 months ago

                  yep for the first time in a while

                  1. DGW Sane TC Fail....
                    • 13 Years
                    3 years, 6 months 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....
                      • 13 Years
                      3 years, 6 months ago

                      who

    5. DGW Sane TC Fail....
      • 13 Years
      3 years, 6 months 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
        • 5 Years
        3 years, 6 months 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....
          • 13 Years
          3 years, 6 months 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..

    6. sully29
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 years, 6 months 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
        • 5 Years
        3 years, 6 months ago

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

  3. Kloppcorn
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    3 years, 6 months 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
      • 9 Years
      3 years, 6 months 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★⚔
      • 7 Years
      3 years, 6 months 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
        • 9 Years
        3 years, 6 months 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★⚔
          • 7 Years
          3 years, 6 months 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. Weak Become Heros
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 years, 6 months ago

      Son better value. Kane will have a blinder though.

    4. panda07
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      3 years, 6 months ago

      I'd get Son and prepare for DGW's

    5. Kloppcorn
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 years, 6 months ago

      Cheers guys son seems to be the winner

    6. Pukki Blinders
      • 4 Years
      3 years, 6 months ago

      Son has been overperforming, but who knows when that stops

  4. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
    • 7 Years
    3 years, 6 months 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
      • 9 Years
      3 years, 6 months ago

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

    2. Ze_Austin
      • 5 Years
      3 years, 6 months ago

      Giroud

  5. jb1985
    • 5 Years
    3 years, 6 months 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★⚔
      • 7 Years
      3 years, 6 months ago

      There was no Jota last time

    2. Weak Become Heros
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 years, 6 months ago

      Decent, thanks for this!

    3. jb1985
      • 5 Years
      3 years, 6 months ago

      Forgot to add also Champions League game:

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

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

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

    5. Pumpkinhead - I'm ITK …
      • 15 Years
      3 years, 6 months ago

      They didn't have Jota then. Totally irrelevant

      1. Warby84
        • 8 Years
        3 years, 6 months ago

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

        1. Pumpkinhead - I'm ITK …
          • 15 Years
          3 years, 6 months ago

          Deluded

      2. FPL.team
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        3 years, 6 months ago

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

        1. Treadstone
          • 5 Years
          3 years, 6 months 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
    • 3 Years
    3 years, 6 months 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
      • 8 Years
      3 years, 6 months 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)

  7. DaisyDaisyDaisyDaisy
    • 10 Years
    3 years, 6 months 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
      • 5 Years
      3 years, 6 months ago

      This

  8. A23
    • 3 Years
    3 years, 6 months 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
      • 9 Years
      3 years, 6 months ago

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

    2. Stupendous
      • 11 Years
      3 years, 6 months 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★⚔
        • 7 Years
        3 years, 6 months 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
        • 9 Years
        3 years, 6 months ago

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

        1. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
          • 7 Years
          3 years, 6 months 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....
        • 13 Years
        3 years, 6 months ago

        i dont think Everton will have the ball that much

    3. DGW Sane TC Fail....
      • 13 Years
      3 years, 6 months ago

      i think am going to bench him this week

    4. Warby84
      • 8 Years
      3 years, 6 months ago

      Experienced meaning??

    5. FPL.team
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      3 years, 6 months 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?

  9. Thomas Shelby from Birmingh…
    • 4 Years
    3 years, 6 months 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. @persecuted_by_mods
        3 years, 6 months ago

        Tinfoil hat on

      • HellasLEAF
        • 14 Years
        3 years, 6 months ago

        Nonsense.

      • Pukki Blinders
        • 4 Years
        3 years, 6 months ago

        Yeah sounds like Klopp

      • DGW Sane TC Fail....
        • 13 Years
        3 years, 6 months ago

        that's got to be trolling lol

    2. HellasLEAF
      • 14 Years
      3 years, 6 months 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. @persecuted_by_mods
          3 years, 6 months ago

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

        • Lemongrab
          • 14 Years
          3 years, 6 months ago

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

      2. Lemongrab
        • 14 Years
        3 years, 6 months ago

        What looks better...

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

        (other defenders are Lamptey, Taylor, KWP)

        1. HellasLEAF
          • 14 Years
          3 years, 6 months ago

          Son essential so B.

          Son and Kane essential. Essential.

          1. Kloppcorn
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            3 years, 6 months ago

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

          2. Lemongrab
            • 14 Years
            3 years, 6 months 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
              • 14 Years
              3 years, 6 months 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
                • 14 Years
                3 years, 6 months 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
            • 4 Years
            3 years, 6 months ago

            Rubbish

      3. Shark Team
        • 6 Years
        3 years, 6 months 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★⚔
          • 7 Years
          3 years, 6 months 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
            • 6 Years
            3 years, 6 months 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
          • 4 Years
          3 years, 6 months ago

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

          1. Shark Team
            • 6 Years
            3 years, 6 months 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
              • 4 Years
              3 years, 6 months ago

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

      4. swarupmallick12
        • 4 Years
        3 years, 6 months ago

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

      5. Stupendous
        • 11 Years
        3 years, 6 months 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. @persecuted_by_mods
            3 years, 6 months ago

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

          • Flair
            • 3 Years
            3 years, 6 months ago

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

        2. Hazardous1983
          • 13 Years
          3 years, 6 months ago

          Shud i change vardy dcl n watkins. 2 ft

          1. Kloppcorn
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            3 years, 6 months ago

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

        3. @persecuted_by_mods
            3 years, 6 months 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
              • 9 Years
              3 years, 6 months ago

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

              1. @persecuted_by_mods
                  3 years, 6 months ago

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

              2. Flair
                • 3 Years
                3 years, 6 months ago

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

                1. @persecuted_by_mods
                    3 years, 6 months 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
                      • 3 Years
                      3 years, 6 months ago

                      I'm confident Salah will start so going for him

              3. Ze_Austin
                • 5 Years
                3 years, 6 months ago

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

                Pulisic starts one game and already has a hamstring scare

                Caveat emptor

                1. FPL Daniel
                  • 15 Years
                  3 years, 6 months 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
                    • 5 Years
                    3 years, 6 months ago

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

                    I'm saying he's an injury risk

                    1. FPL Daniel
                      • 15 Years
                      3 years, 6 months ago

                      agreed.

                2. Lemongrab
                  • 14 Years
                  3 years, 6 months 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

              4. Rhodes your boat
                • 7 Years
                3 years, 6 months 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
                  • 7 Years
                  3 years, 6 months ago

                  Afternoon*!!

              5. baines is god
                • 12 Years
                3 years, 6 months ago

                Start 2 of the 3,
                Rashford
                Coady
                Jota

                Thoughts

                1. @persecuted_by_mods
                    3 years, 6 months ago

                    Rash and Jota

                    1. Kloppcorn
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 9 Years
                      3 years, 6 months ago

                      Deffo Rash and Jota

                  • Amartey Partey
                    • 4 Years
                    3 years, 6 months ago

                    Sell Coady.

                2. FPL Daniel
                  • 15 Years
                  3 years, 6 months ago

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

                  1. FPL Daniel
                    • 15 Years
                    3 years, 6 months 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
                      • 9 Years
                      3 years, 6 months 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★⚔
                    • 7 Years
                    3 years, 6 months ago

                    I was thinking FH GW18 for the blanks

                    1. Kloppcorn
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 9 Years
                      3 years, 6 months ago

                      We seem to agree on a lot of things VIBUDH

                      1. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
                        • 7 Years
                        3 years, 6 months ago

                        Hahaha true even I noticed

                        1. Kloppcorn
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 9 Years
                          3 years, 6 months ago

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

                          1. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
                            • 7 Years
                            3 years, 6 months ago

                            Are you on Twitter? could add me there

                            1. Kloppcorn
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 9 Years
                              3 years, 6 months ago

                              Yeah I am mate what’s your Twitter?

                                1. Ze_Austin
                                  • 5 Years
                                  3 years, 6 months ago

                                  Followed 🙂

                    2. FPL Daniel
                      • 15 Years
                      3 years, 6 months ago

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

                      1. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
                        • 7 Years
                        3 years, 6 months 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
                        • 9 Years
                        3 years, 6 months 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
                        • 5 Years
                        3 years, 6 months 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. FPL Daniel
                          • 15 Years
                          3 years, 6 months ago

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

                          1. FPL Daniel
                            • 15 Years
                            3 years, 6 months ago

                            got it FH in GW 18. could work

                  3. Shark Team
                    • 6 Years
                    3 years, 6 months 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
                      • 5 Years
                      3 years, 6 months 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. FPL Daniel
                        • 15 Years
                        3 years, 6 months ago

                        so WC and bench boost?

                        1. Ze_Austin
                          • 5 Years
                          3 years, 6 months 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
                            • 6 Years
                            3 years, 6 months 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
                              • 5 Years
                              3 years, 6 months 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

                3. Better Call Raul
                  • 4 Years
                  3 years, 6 months ago

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

                  1. Live Lad
                    • 9 Years
                    3 years, 6 months ago

                    Like it.

                  2. Ze_Austin
                    • 5 Years
                    3 years, 6 months 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
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 3 Years
                    3 years, 6 months ago

                    Yeah I've done the same

                4. Live Lad
                  • 9 Years
                  3 years, 6 months ago

                  Ings or Son in my WC team?

                  1. Kloppcorn
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 9 Years
                    3 years, 6 months ago

                    I’d go with son

                  2. @persecuted_by_mods
                      3 years, 6 months ago

                      Both!

                      1. Live Lad
                        • 9 Years
                        3 years, 6 months ago

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

                  3. wulfrunian
                    • 7 Years
                    3 years, 6 months ago

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

                    1. 1zverGGadeM
                      • 7 Years
                      3 years, 6 months ago

                      0-0

                    2. Kloppcorn
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 9 Years
                      3 years, 6 months 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★⚔
                      • 7 Years
                      3 years, 6 months ago

                      1-1

                    4. Shark Team
                      • 6 Years
                      3 years, 6 months 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.

                  4. baines is god
                    • 12 Years
                    3 years, 6 months ago

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

                    1. Kloppcorn
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 9 Years
                      3 years, 6 months ago

                      Doubt it, robertson, matip, fabinho and TAA

                    2. Dynamic Duos
                      • 10 Years
                      3 years, 6 months ago

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

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

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

                  5. as33
                    • 8 Years
                    3 years, 6 months ago

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

                    1. Kloppcorn
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 9 Years
                      3 years, 6 months ago

                      B

                    2. Dynamic Duos
                      • 10 Years
                      3 years, 6 months ago

                      B

                    3. No Kane No Gain
                      • 5 Years
                      3 years, 6 months ago

                      A

                    4. Bobby Digital
                      • 6 Years
                      3 years, 6 months ago

                      C

                    5. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
                      • 7 Years
                      3 years, 6 months ago

                      B

                    6. Pukki Blinders
                      • 4 Years
                      3 years, 6 months ago

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

                      1. Dynamic Duos
                        • 10 Years
                        3 years, 6 months ago

                        Do we know when these doubles are?

                        1. Pukki Blinders
                          • 4 Years
                          3 years, 6 months ago

                          one at gw18, not sure about other

                  6. Sterling Archer
                    • 7 Years
                    3 years, 6 months 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. No Kane No Gain
                      • 5 Years
                      3 years, 6 months ago

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

                    2. Kloppcorn
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 9 Years
                      3 years, 6 months 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. Pumpkinhead - I'm ITK …
                      • 15 Years
                      3 years, 6 months 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. DaisyDaisyDaisyDaisy
                      • 10 Years
                      3 years, 6 months ago

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

                  7. baines is god
                    • 12 Years
                    3 years, 6 months 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
                      • 7 Years
                      3 years, 6 months ago

                      you can't use them both

                    2. MINUS FOUR
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 6 Years
                      3 years, 6 months ago

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

                      1. MINUS FOUR
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 6 Years
                        3 years, 6 months 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★⚔
                      • 7 Years
                      3 years, 6 months ago

                      You can't play 2 chips in a week haha

                      1. baines is god
                        • 12 Years
                        3 years, 6 months ago

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

                    4. Pukki Blinders
                      • 4 Years
                      3 years, 6 months ago

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

                      1. baines is god
                        • 12 Years
                        3 years, 6 months 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
                          • 4 Years
                          3 years, 6 months ago

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

                    5. FPL Daniel
                      • 15 Years
                      3 years, 6 months ago

                      good luck

                    6. Over Midwicket
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 12 Years
                      3 years, 6 months ago

                      Noob.

                  8. Im New Here
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 3 Years
                    3 years, 6 months ago

                    Captain

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

                    Currently on Son but I'm feeling Salah now

                  9. FPL Daniel
                    • 15 Years
                    3 years, 6 months 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. FPL Daniel
                      • 15 Years
                      3 years, 6 months ago

                      so bottom line, early WC anyone ?

                      1. Ze_Austin
                        • 5 Years
                        3 years, 6 months 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
                      • 14 Years
                      3 years, 6 months ago

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

                  10. Boom XhakaLacaSaka
                    • 4 Years
                    3 years, 6 months 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)