Scout Notes

Barnes matches Vardy’s output over last four ahead of Double Gameweek

Crystal Palace 1-1 Leicester

  • Goals: Wilfried Zaha (£7.5m) | Harvey Barnes (£6.7m)
  • Assists: Andros Townsend (£5.7m) | Jonny Evans (£5.5m)
  • Penalty misses: Kelechi Iheanacho (£5.6m)
  • Penalty saves: Vicente Guaita (£4.9m)
  • Bonus points: Evans x3, Guaita 2, H Barnes x1

BARNES DOOR

Harvey Barnes (£6.7m) is making a strong case for winter investment as he added his fifth Premier League goal of the season against Crystal Palace.

It was the midfielder’s second in as many outings, made all the more impressive by the gap between his two most recent outings.

Despite Leicester facing matches on Saturday and Monday, Barnes played 90 minutes on each occasion, suggesting he is more nailed-on to start and, therefore, more viable as a Fantasy asset, than many of us had previously thought.

Brendan Rodgers praised his powers of recovery in the aftermath of the Foxes’ 1-1 draw at Selhurst Park, as well as his performance – helpful information for anyone considering a swoop for Barnes.

“I thought he was outstanding, to play a second 90 minutes having done so well against Man United, to play with that level of fitness. His movement was very helpful, getting us the penalty as well. All around he was a good threat.” – Brendan Rodgers

As mentioned by Rodgers, Barnes’ running would have ensured two attacking returns for Gameweek 16 had Kelechi Iheanacho (£5.6m) not missed the first-half penalty he won.

“I just said at half-time, it’s one you’ve got to let go. Kel’s practised five penalties this week in training and they were great. He was confident going in to take it and that’s all I can ask.” – Brendan Rodgers

……….. IT’S JAMIE VARDY

Even without adding that assist to his Gameweek 16 score, Barnes has still matched Jamie Vardy (£10.1m) as a Fantasy asset over the last four matches.

Bringing in eight points at Selhurst Park, one through bonus, the winger has racked up 20 during that time, an average of five per game.

The fact that Vardy suffered an inevitable benching on Monday means he also has 20 points over that period and an average of five per game – despite a £3.4m gap between him and Barnes’ price.

Leicester are certainly on the Fantasy radar right now with a Gameweek 17 trip to Newcastle in mind as well as Double Gameweek 19 meetings with Southampton (home) and Chelsea (home).

Considering that Vardy has suffered a dip from the form shown earlier in the campaign, and typically performs better away from home, Barnes could well be used as a cheaper alternative route into their attack based on recent performances.

The fact that he has started each of the last four, lasting 90 minutes in three of them, might count against him in the short-term, although Leicester do have a six-day gap between Gameweek 16 and 17 fixtures.

GOOD WIL HUNTING

It feels like some time since Wilfried Zaha (£7.5m) has delivered for his 19.4% ownership but there are plenty of encouraging signs moving forward.

His contribution to Crystal Palace’s campaign was, of course, limited by his self-isolation period for Gameweeks 9 and 10 – perhaps why he has been off the radar to some extent recently.

However, Zaha’s Gameweek 16 opener ensured he has now scored or assisted in all but one home start against sides outside the Premier League’s current top two.

With that in mind, the winger is worth considering between now and Gameweek 21, when Palace face three home matches from a possible five.

Even better, those home meetings are with Sheffield United, West Ham and Wolves – exactly the sort of opponent Zaha has enjoyed posting attacking returns against this season.

Crystal Palace XI (4-4-2): Guaita; Mitchell, Kouyaté, Tomkins, Clyne; Schlupp (Ayew 84′), Riedewald (McArthur 74′), Milivojević, A Townsend; Zaha, Benteke.

Leicester City XI (4-2-3-1): Schmeichel; L Thomas, Evans, Amartey, Justin; N Mendy, Choudhury (Tielemans 57′); H Barnes, Praet (Vardy 66′), Pérez; Iheanacho (Gray 72′).

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1,024 Comments Post a Comment
  1. bigdip
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 2 days ago

    I have 2 FT & 1.6mn ITB and dont have a clue who I need to bring in (FH available)

    Mccarthy (Forster)
    Cancelo, Justin Dier Taylor (Lewis)
    Bruno, Son (c) Salah (Soucek, Gordon)
    Vardy DCL Adams

  2. Tsparkes10
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 2 days ago

    Null and void please 😉

  3. Parsnips
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Should I do Bowen > Barnes?

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

        Yes

      2. Maeki2
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        2 months, 2 days ago

        Yes

    • Zim0
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      We need a bigger bench

      1. MSN
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        Considering we don't actually know the teams infected before deadline, it will be swing/miss for most. And more outcry.

    • marcos11
        2 months, 2 days ago

        Best kdb replacement?

        McCarthy Button
        Dias Dier Coufal Targett Mitchell
        Salah Bruno Son Raphinha Kdb
        Dcl Bamford Brewster
        0 itb

        Possibly Vardy and switch around?

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

          Kdb and brewster to vardy and el Ghazi

      • Fulchester's New Centr…
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        Whole new meaning to Last Man Standing

      • Hart-ake
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        Which one for GW 17+18:

        a) Neto
        b) Saka

      • Daniel - WC Active
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        Any news about the `liverpool game?

        1. Top Dog
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 2 days ago

          There is no reason for this to be cancelled! Game will go ahead and no reason for them to post an update

          1. Corgzzzz
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 2 days ago

            I may have this wrong, but if City players who played Newcastle two days ago come back with positive results today, then under the government rules for contact with COVID victims require 7/10 days isolation. Therefore there must be some doubt for the LFC v Newcastle game.

            1. FPL_Motty
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              2 months, 2 days ago

              Interesting point, that maybe Newcastle hadn't fully gotten rid of their covid spread? Maybe some negative tests but players were still positive

      • Sir Alex Telles.
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        If city and Everton get DGW 19, I might probably not use a chip at the end of it all.

      • el polako
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        All these expensive toys for Xmas and what trumps them ? Little bit of snow...

      • Karan14
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        What do I do with Cancelo & Dias double up?

        Would like to have them for their fixtures from GW19 onwards and double gameweeks to follow.

        Have Balbuena & Mitchell on the bench for this week and will FH in GW18. So if they are back for GW19 that would be great.

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

          That was my thinking with KdB initially, keep for the nice fixtures from 19 onwards

          1. Karan14
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 2 days ago

            City could easily have a DGW19 too.

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

              Yes, making me think twice about selling KDB now. Any idea when we might know?

              1. Karan14
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 2 days ago

                They have been tested again today and will get the results tomorrow. So we can expect to hear about their game against Chelsea either tomorrow or Thursday.
                They definitely be back for GW18 though. That's a full 2 weeks away.

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

                  Nice one, thanks

                2. lespaul
                  • 11 Years
                  2 months, 2 days ago

                  not definite, nothing is definite

                  1. Karan14
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    2 months, 2 days ago

                    LOL so what are you suggesting they won't get the test results or they won't tell us if the game against Chelsea is postponed or not??

        2. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 2 days ago

          You could do worse than just grit the teeth, keep them & hunker down through the next 3-4 gameweeks

          Inaction could actually be a perfectly acceptable course action in this ridiculous environment

          1. Karan14
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 2 days ago

            Agreed. Honestly there aren't any defenders I'd want this week anyways. I full expect them to be back by GW18 and then they have good fixtures plus double gameweeks to follow.

        3. MSN
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 2 days ago

          I have Cancelo and Stones and keeping them. They'll keep cs if they play and no teams are doing great defending anyway.

          1. Karan14
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 2 days ago

            That's my thinking too. There's literally no one I'd want to get in this week.

            1. MSN
              • 6 Years
              2 months, 2 days ago

              Yes and City could doubles in 18,19 or later and getting them out and in is a waste of transfers and adding more headache.

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

          As a player with James and Dias I'm keeping both and upgrading Dunne to Struijk/Phillips to ensure a starting 11 next week. Both are very strong options that I have no wish to lose.

          1. Karan14
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 2 days ago

            Yeah I'm thinking of doing similar. Anyways no good options to replace the Chelsea/City defenders.

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

        I’ve been building for BB19 and I’ve got 2FT this week but having second thoughts how to use them.

        A) KdB + Watkins > Barnes + Kane?
        B) KdB + Struijk > Barnes + Robbo?
        C) Something else?

        2FT 0.0ITB
        Martinez McCarthy
        Zouma Justin Coufal Taylor Struijk
        Salah KdB Bruno Son Soucek
        DCL Bamford Watkins

        Thanks!

        1. Karan14
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 2 days ago

          Probably A if City game is called off again.

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

            Cheers

        2. Maeki2
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          2 months, 2 days ago

          A or B looks good maybe more on B since dgw

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

            Thanks

        3. King07Kenny
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          2 months, 1 day ago

          I have the same team except for I have Dallas + KWP for your Zouma + Struijk.

          So am thinking on the same path.

          Watkins/KDB

          Kane/Barnes
          Vardy/Zaha

          1. PascalCygan
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 1 day ago

            Nice one, thanks. Prefer your version of the team!

      • CroatianHammer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        Why is everyone asking about the LFC game? They tweeted it was their final game of the year, but somehow that means they're riddled with COVID and the game is actually off? Or are there other rumours that the slew of positive cases are all Merseyside-based?

        1. Luton_Fan
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 2 days ago

          Its more for the fact newcastle players came into contact with affected man city players in the last game.

      • Jerse
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 2 days ago

        I appreciate players are having regular tests, but the amount of unnecessary hugging, close contact, handshaking beggars belief to be honest. Then you see Managers and staff talking so close. Infact brainless really. A playable bench seems the only precaution FPL managers can take.

        1. Tsparkes10
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 2 days ago

          You can’t control that... it’s a human natural response and tbf if they test before a game and they come back negative there’s no reason not to do stuff like that

          1. xuwei
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 2 days ago

            Sorry-What? Testing before a game doesn’t guarantee anything and as anyone who has been married can attest, close contact can in fact be controlled.

            1. El Presidente
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 2 days ago

              ah ah ah

          2. Olson
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 2 days ago

            it's a natural human reaction to hug my family and celebrate successes in the workplace but guess what, we can control ourselves. footballers can control themselves but guess what, they are not becuase they are not being asked by their employers to do so. Some may think this an overreaction, but IMO it is a disgrace that it is being allowed to continue. The entire country is socially distancing to reduce probability of transmission and footballers are exempt from this? Exempt from not reducing this probability by not doing completely unnecessary close contact at the exchanging of covid. really?

            https://i.postimg.cc/hGnkkSH1/img-20201218-173047-1.jpg

            what planet are portsmouth football club on. In the middle of global pandemic they have allowed their players to all join bodies in a circle, facing each other.

        2. Sam-not-so-wise
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 2 days ago

          a diversified team too...

        3. Tsparkes10
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 2 days ago

          I get what you’re saying but that will never stop,

        4. JonBoy
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 2 days ago

          To be fair, we could have snow cancellations this time of year anyway. Just this season is a bit squeezed as it is.

          1. xuwei
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 2 days ago

            Snow cancellations don’t typically last 10 days though.

          2. A.J.
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 2 days ago

            Unlikely. Snow abandonments are normally due to fan safety, not because of pitch issues. Under soil heating is a requirement in the pl now to stop matches being called off.

        5. MSN
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 2 days ago

          Habits are hard to change, even in a pandemic.

        6. lespaul
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 2 days ago

          Agree with this, players and managers are setting a terrible example to the viewers.

        7. Studs Up
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          2 months, 2 days ago

          Hows that different from rolling on the grass covered in saliva and sweat?

        8. A Kun & Mateta
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 2 days ago

          Very good point. Sends a confusing message to young folk. Be nice for managers to show leadership on this.

      • Daniel - WC Active
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        when we will know who is tested positive?

        1. drughi
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 2 days ago

          15:25

          1. Luton_Fan
            • 11 Years
            2 months, 2 days ago

            Oh. I thought it was 15.35.

          2. xuwei
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 2 days ago

            6:66

          3. Daniel - WC Active
            • 11 Years
            2 months, 2 days ago

            haahha

      • Fake Prince
          2 months, 2 days ago

          Every player would have been immune by now had they allowed every player to play

        • Original - Wolves Ay We
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 2 days ago

          I get the feeling some people on here either can't do simple maths or have a death wish to see more games postponed.

          18 players from 20 clubs does not mean 18 clubs from each club. It's 18 players spread over 20 clubs. No way can it be deduced any more games will be postponed. Get some common sense.

          1. KAPTAIN KANE
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 2 days ago

            I still can’t understand even with only 5 cases City managed to get it called off

            1. Original - Wolves Ay We
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 2 days ago

              That's the power of bring rich.

              1. MSN
                • 6 Years
                2 months, 2 days ago

                But now everyone can do it.

            2. Chrisitis
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 2 days ago

              2 cases saturday. 5 cases monday. 12/13 cases wednesday?

          2. Luton_Fan
            • 11 Years
            2 months, 2 days ago

            Alright, no need to get salty about it.

          3. JonBoy
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 2 days ago

            It might even be staff!

            1. Original - Wolves Ay We
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 2 days ago

              Exactly!

            2. KAPTAIN KANE
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 2 days ago

              Good point

        • Niho992
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 2 days ago

          Null and void is only option

          1. Original - Wolves Ay We
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 2 days ago

            Are you a troll?

            1. Fake Prince
                2 months, 2 days ago

                Perhaps he means null and void is the only option FOR HIM. Might have a rank in millions.

                1. Niho992
                  • 2 Years
                  2 months, 2 days ago

                  This

            2. Baps hunter
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 2 days ago

              Sorry for you. Better luck next season!

          2. Daniel - WC Active
            • 11 Years
            2 months, 2 days ago

            Any news on which teams has Covid ?

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

              Better to ask which teams do not have COVID.

          3. The Count of Monte Cristo
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 2 days ago

            "You're gonna need a bigger bench" - Roy Scheider, Jaws (1975)

            1. MSN
              • 6 Years
              2 months, 2 days ago

              Bigger is always better.

          4. bluee
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 2 days ago

            In case this hasn't been said, the article wrongly states that Barnes won the penalty. He did not, Thomas did.

          5. casual69
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 2 days ago

            Hearing at the moment on SSN, sheffield utd confirm, a number of their players have tested positive in latest round of tests...any chance game gets called off?

          6. Parsnips
              2 months, 2 days ago

              Could someone explain why Coufal isn’t starting?

            • rick ding whoop
              • 6 Years
              2 months, 2 days ago

              came off brom defender

            • PremKraut
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 2 days ago

              Tripling up on Leeds right before the DGW seems to pay off.
              Meslier, Raphinha and Bamford.

            • Agamenmon
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 2 days ago

              Who is the best Taylor replacement only have 4.6m