Scout Notes

Kane and Son deliver again as Spurs prepare for appealing fixture swing

Crystal Palace 1-1 Spurs

  • Goals: Jeffrey Schlupp (£5.4m) | Harry Kane (£10.9m)
  • Assists: Eberechi Eze (£5.8m) | Son Heung-min (£9.6m)
  • Bonus points: Kane x3, Eze x2, Schlupp x2, Moussa Sissoko x2 (£4.8m)

DYNAMIC DUO

Top 10k FPL managers refuse to ditch Kane and Son double-up for Gameweek 9

Harry Kane (£10.9m) and Son Heung-min‘s (£9.6m) simply cannot stop involving themselves in each other’s goals as they combined yet again in a 1-1 draw with Crystal Palace on Sunday.

Spurs’ main striker was the man who found the net this time, his ninth goal of the season, securing maximum bonus for the third time in five matches too.

Putting that into some wider context, since Jose Mourinho’s first game in charge of Spurs, Kane has been involved in more goals in all competitions than any other Premier League player, not including Fantasy assists. 29 of those have been his own while has provided assists for a further 14 (total of 43).

With Son providing the assist with a deft touch in the middle of the park, it means, even excluding Fantasy assists, that the pair are just one short of matching the famous partnership between Alan Shearer and Chris Sutton in 1994/95 who linked up 13 goals that season. 

Considering how often the two players are involved in each other’s goals, the need to own both of them in Fantasy Premier League continues to intensify, especially considering their power to dictate rank. 

Sat in 60.3% of squads, Son is the most popular asset in the game right now while 41.1% own Kane, Dominic Calvert-Lewin (£7.9m) the only one considered more fashionable among forwards than him.

Crucially, 31.9% of managers worldwide are currently in possession of both players and a massive 58.7% hold that combination inside the top 10k.

WHILE MY GUAITA GENTLY SWEEPS

While Vicente Guaita (£4.9m) was somewhat to blame for Spurs’ only goal of the game at Selhurst Park, he played a big part in restricting the visitors.

The fact that Kane and his colleagues were afforded so many chances bodes well for their upcoming fixtures while anyone soon to face Palace may be a little concerned about their Spanish shot-stopper.

He made excellent reflex saves from Tanguy Ndombèlé (£5.9m) and Eric Dier (£5.0m) as well as spectacularly denying Kane twice.

“(Asked if Spurs’ players tried hard enough to get a second goal): I want to admit that they couldn’t. I want to admit that they didn’t have that capacity. Some of my, let’s say build-up players, they lost a lot of passes in the first phase of the build-up. In the second half, we were not very accurate so I want to admit that if we didn’t, it’s because we couldn’t.” – Jose Mourinho

Over the last three matches, Guaita has earned at least one point for saves, one stop away from double save-points in two of those. Lukasz Fabianski (£5.1m) and Illan Meslier (£4.6m) are the only goalkeepers with more saves in that time than Guaita too.

It will be interesting to see how attacking assets from West Ham, Liverpool and Aston Villa cope with his impressive form over the next three Gameweeks – clubs with plenty of Fantasy interest too…

DIER HUNT

Following Spurs’ recent string of clean sheets, Dier earned some Fantasy interest for Gameweek 12 as the cheapest starting defender in their side.

However, his new owners went unrewarded at the first hurdle as Jeffrey Schlupp (£5.4m) turned in a spill from Hugo Lloris (£5.6m) in the second half.

That was the first Premier League goal Spurs had conceded since the start of November, against Brighton, ending a run of 475 minutes without conceding.

That particular statistic indicates that there is still potential for clean sheets further down the line for Spurs, especially with Wolves and Fulham two of their next three opponents.

That said, Palace can probably consider themselves unfortunate not to have found the net more often on Sunday with Wilfried Zaha (£7.5m) going close from range and set-piece taker Eberechi Eze (£5.8m) clipping the post.

Meanwhile, anyone wondering about Dier’s offensive potential was provided with encouraging signs at Selhurst Park, as he was a high, sprawling Guaita save away from sinking a direct free-kick in the closing stages.

Whether he will hold onto them when Gareth Bale (£9.4m) breaks into the team on a more regular basis remains to be seen though.

“Bale was ill, not COVID-19, not even flu that keeps you in bed for a week. I believe for Wednesday he will be fine.” – Jose Mourinho

Crystal Palace XI (4-4-2): Guaita; van Aanholt, Cahill, Kouyaté, Clyne; Eze (A Townsend 89′), McArthur, Milivojevic (Riedewald 73′), Schlupp; Zaha, Benteke.

Tottenham Hotspur XI (4-2-3-1): Lloris; Reguilón (B Davies 84′), Dier, Alderweireld, Aurier; Højbjerg, Sissoko; Son, Ndombèlé (Lo Celso 67′), Bergwijn (Alli 85′); Kane.

Lessons learned from FPL Gameweek 12

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905 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Traction Engine Foot
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 28 days ago

    Damn, Jota is going to drop again isn't he

    1. Bram
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 28 days ago

      Looks like it yes

    2. Holmes
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 28 days ago

      why not get rid? deadline is tomorrow anyway

      1. Traction Engine Foot
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 28 days ago

        Wanted to get Son or Kane in for next week with 2 ft as I can only do it with 3 moves

        1. Baps hunter
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 28 days ago

          Get Kane in that case and ditch Jota to someone cheap?

          1. Traction Engine Foot
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 28 days ago

            Looking at that now, but just realised I'd have to sell DCL for that which I don't want to do... Aargh!

    3. ⱼₐᵣᵥᵢₛₕ
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 28 days ago

      No need for anyone to keep - sell sell sell

  2. Catastrophe
    • 10 Years
    3 months, 28 days ago

    Help greatly appreciated! 1 FT, 0.1 ITB.

    Martinez
    Chilwell, Zouma, Bednarek
    Salah, KDB, Fernandes, Son, Grealish
    DCL, Bamford

    (Steer, Brewster, Kilman*, Mitchell*)

    A) Kilman & Mitchell -> Balbuena & 3.8 (-4)
    B) DCL & Grealish -> Vardy & Soucek (-4)
    C) Chilwell -> Dias
    D) Save FT

    Thinking A as I will likely be priced out if I save FT and probably need a bench next week! Resisting B which could backfire and C due to lack of bench.

    Cheers..

    1. Holmes
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 28 days ago

      A

    2. Bram
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 28 days ago

      D and sort a def with 2FT next gw

    3. Pat Bonner
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 28 days ago

      Save. Don’t see the need for a -4 for your bench

    4. Shineonme
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 28 days ago

      It's a save or A for me

    5. Zim0
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 28 days ago

      Easy save.

    6. Catastrophe
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 28 days ago

      Thanks all. Save seems sensible but as per the post if Balbuena rises (currently on 98.3%) then I'm restricted to Alioski, Lewis, Cooper etc.

      1. Zim0
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 28 days ago

        Get Taylor later. He's a better option than Balbuena anyways.

  3. Pat Bonner
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 28 days ago

    The RMT tool is massively overstating how good arsenal are right now, for Southampton they seem to have Arsenal (a) at same difficulty to Man City (h)

    1. Baps hunter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 28 days ago

      Yes, it is an issue. It cannot be trusted for desicion making.

    2. Nanoelektronicar
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 28 days ago

      RMT tool has an underlying history in the results, iirc, so big hitters/premiums tend to be on top, no matter how good or bad personal or team form is. I mainly use it when making decisions on more long term options, cheap mids and fwds, and defenders. That being said, Arsenal defenders are highly rated, but I won't go for them, so I wouldn't say the tool is not useful, you just need other factors to consider.

  4. The Train Driver
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 28 days ago

    Arteta fired yet?

    1. Zim0
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 28 days ago

      Hopefully after the Southampton match. Need a Ings masterclass with a Clean Sheet

  5. Obi Wan Elokobi
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 28 days ago

    This is good to go isn’t it?

    Mendy (Peacock)
    Chilwell, Lamptey, Balbuena (Justin, Mitchell)
    KDB (c), Mahrez, Bruno, Salah, Greasy
    Bamford, Wilson (Watkins)
    0.3 itb
    Benching Watkins and Justin is right?

    1. Pat Bonner
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 28 days ago

      Watkins benched? Nice team value, you keeping faith with Lamptey

      1. Obi Wan Elokobi
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 28 days ago

        More I think both Leicester and Brighton concede and Lamptey has a better chance of attacking return I suppose

  6. FPL FAN
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    3 months, 28 days ago

    A) Johnstone to anyone for a hit
    B) Play Johnstone and hope for saves ?

    1. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 28 days ago

      B

    2. Holmes
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 28 days ago

      I guess picking Martinez will recover the hits

      1. FPL FAN
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        3 months, 28 days ago

        Here we go: i got rid of Martinez for Johnstone two GW's ago.

  7. Scots Gooner
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 28 days ago

    Ederson
    Chilwell / Lamptey / James
    Salah / KDB (c) / Bruno / Son / Grealish
    Bamford / Wilson

    Forster / Justin / Brewster/ Mitchell

    Just hold a transfer here?

    Was Lamptey just rested this weekend? Considering Lamptey to Stones.

  8. Maddamotha
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 28 days ago

    Is this worth a hit to get KDB?

    Vardy, Mahrez > Bamford, KDB.

    Those moves could backfire greatly....

    1. FPL FAN
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      3 months, 28 days ago

      Not for a hit

    2. Holmes
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 28 days ago

      not worth it

    3. Maddamotha
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 28 days ago

      Cheers yall

  9. Nunoooooooooo
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 28 days ago

    Which combo do you prefer over coming GWs?

    A) Robertson & DCL
    B) Dias & Kane

    1. Keeptrying
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 28 days ago

      B by far

      1. Nunoooooooooo
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 28 days ago

        Thanks mate

    2. Pat Bonner
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 28 days ago

      B

      1. Nunoooooooooo
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 28 days ago

        Cheers Pat

  10. Nanoelektronicar
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 28 days ago

    Lamptey to Stones? Or roll a transfer?

    Lamptey has two good fixtures incoming, but I really don't expect Brighton to keep a clean sheet, and owning Lamptey was so frustrating. Stones could potentially stay in the side a little longer, but also, he could be dropped any time.

    Ideally, with 0.9 itb, I could do a fodder to Stones, and bench Lamptey, but then, I would waste a transfer, in a way, and spend the money for potential Vardy to Kane move next week.

    So, I am leaning to just going with Kilman and Struijk, no points from the bench, but keep the Kane option open and two free transfers next week. How about that?

    1. ⱼₐᵣᵥᵢₛₕ
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 28 days ago

      I'd keep Lamptey and wouldn't mess with Stones. I'd probably look to replace one of my non-playing cheapies with a playing cheapie (Balbuena, Cooper, someone like that)

      1. Nanoelektronicar
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 28 days ago

        That is reasonable. But if prices hold, and I get Kane eventually, it's just 0.2 left, so 4.3 is the max to spend.

        1. ⱼₐᵣᵥᵢₛₕ
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 28 days ago

          That's annoying when that happens.

        2. Baines on Toast...
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 28 days ago

          Lewis then?

          1. Nanoelektronicar
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 28 days ago

            Him and him only. And even then Vardy > Kane would be an issue. I guess I'll have to downgrade Vardy to Son and change structure, and use money to get premium defender to play him every week.

    2. Obi Wan Elokobi
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 28 days ago

      Lamprey minimum 3/4 points stones probably maximum 6 points. Not sure it’s worth it

  11. Stupendous
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 28 days ago

    How's this shaping up?

    Martinez
    Cresswell Chilwell Robbo
    Son KDB(c) Salah Soucek Grealish
    Kane Adams

    Martin Brewster Kilman Mitchell

    1. Holmes
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 28 days ago

      Pretty good

      1. Stupendous
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 28 days ago

        Assuming Bruno and the bench are what makes it not very good?

      2. Stupendous
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 28 days ago

        Also Adams not prime

        1. Zim0
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 28 days ago

          Prime? Ings is back. He was already scoring points regularly without him. Probably will score more now.

          1. Stupendous
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 28 days ago

            So how is the team looking then?

            1. Zim0
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 28 days ago

              Good good. I'd downgrade robbo to upgrade soucek or Brewster eventually though.

              1. Stupendous
                • 8 Years
                3 months, 28 days ago

                Cheers!

  12. Holmes
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 28 days ago

    Would you play Lookman or Targett?

    1. Zim0
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 28 days ago

      Targett

    2. MessiGOAT
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 28 days ago

      Lookman ofc

  13. Klopp it
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 28 days ago

    6.3 for a midfielder aghhhh what do I do?

    1. Holmes
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 28 days ago

      Go for Soucek and use cash to upgrade defense or forwards

    2. MoeZe3bi
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 28 days ago

      Souck and use cash somewhere else?

    3. AC Me Rollin’
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 28 days ago

      Ward-Prowse or Soucek I guess

  14. AC Me Rollin’
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 28 days ago

    Yes or no? (2 FT)

    Salah > KDB
    Mitchell > Lindelöf

  15. MoeZe3bi
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 28 days ago

    Salah>Bruno for the upcoming 2 GWs is dumb and knee jerky? Or will it payoff? I see Salah blanking against Mou’s bus

  16. stooffrob
      3 months, 28 days ago

      Having a bit of a selection headache for this week, mainly in defence

      Mccarthy
      James/Dier/Zouma
      Zaha/Fernandes/Salah/Son
      DCL/Vardy/Bamford

      Peacock/Dallas/Justin/Soucek

      stick or change? change formation? I even considered bench boost, but now think that's a stupid idea

    • Sz21
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 28 days ago

      1. Save FT this GW.
      2. Lamptey- Robbo or Trent (exact cash).
      3. Lamptey-> cheaper alternative dan above (Maguire, Cresswell, Targett etc).
      Who would you choose as cheaper?
      If going Robbo- possibly KDB -> Son in a few weeks.
      If going cheaper possibly Mahrez-> Son in a few weeks.

      McCarthy.
      Dallas, James, Chilwell.
      KDB, Salah, Mahrez, Fernandes, Lookman.
      Bamford, DCL.
      Forster, Lamptey, Brewster, Ferguson.
      1ft, 2.4m ITB.

      1. wulfrunian
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 28 days ago

        1

      2. Nanoelektronicar
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 28 days ago

        Save, team looks great. Really like the Lookman pick, but Soucek has done great, but I mean great for me recently.

    • Oliver Tockman
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 28 days ago

      A) Jota, Vardy -> Bruno, Watkins/Adams
      B) Save FT

      1. wulfrunian
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 28 days ago

        b

        1. Oliver Tockman
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 28 days ago

          Note that if Jota drops another .2 I won’t be able to pull this move next week. Still hold?

      2. FPL FAN
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        3 months, 28 days ago

        A) if it's free

        1. Oliver Tockman
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 28 days ago

          -4 but now or never if Jota keeps dropping

    • JasonG123
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 28 days ago

      Play Coufal (CRY) or Son (liv)?

      1. Traction Engine Foot
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 28 days ago

        Son

      2. Parsnips
          3 months, 28 days ago

          Son

        • Oliver Tockman
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 28 days ago

          Son ofc

      3. Parsnips
          3 months, 28 days ago

          Robo out for Vestgaard this week and then Jota > Grealish next week?

        • Oliver Tockman
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 28 days ago

          Own Grealish.

          A) Watkins
          B) Adams

          1. FPL FAN
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            3 months, 28 days ago

            A) short term

        • Tinfoil Deathstar
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          3 months, 28 days ago

          I have 2 FT’s and £0.2m ITB so seriously considering shifting Chilwell to Reece James this week to free up some funds and sort my bench out.

          A) Mitchell -> Stones
          B) Mitchell -> Lindeloff

          Dias, Lamptey, and Ayling are my other defenders. What is best option?

          1. AC Me Rollin’
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 28 days ago

            I'm considering B myself

        • cravencottage
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 28 days ago

          Vardy > Kane, or wait a week?

          1. Tinfoil Deathstar
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            3 months, 28 days ago

            Wait a week. Everton defence very dodgy despite the CS last game.

          2. Detweiler
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            3 months, 28 days ago

            Wait a week

        • gellinmagellan
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 28 days ago

          1 FT, 0.6 ITB

          McCarthy Martin
          Robbo Justin James
          Fernandes Salah Grealish Soucek
          Kane DCL Adams

          Martin Bellerin Mitchell Jota

          How should I use my FT? 0 bench so should I WC?

          1. Detweiler
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            3 months, 28 days ago

            Downgrade Bellerin to someone like Lewis or Taylor. Frees up funds to then upgrade Jota to someone like Zaha.

        • Detweiler
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 28 days ago

          Chilwell and Dier or James and Regulion?