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Fantasy community turns to Fernandes in hour of need

Fantasy Premier League managers are turning to Bruno Fernandes (£11.1m) in their droves, desperate for some rare Gameweek 16 joy.

In a round where Everton and Manchester City are out of action, a number of key personnel were benched in Tuesday’s earlier fixtures and doubt hangs over the upcoming schedule, Fernandes could be the saviour for many.

No player has registered more than his total of seven double-digit hauls making him the second-most transferred-in asset for Gameweek 16.

Predictably, Fernandes starts in the number 10 role for a strong-looking Manchester United side, flanked by first-choice wingers Marcus Rashford (£9.5m) and Mason Greenwood (£7.1m) while Edinson Cavani (£7.8m) comes in for Anthony Martial (£8.7m).

Alex Telles (£5.5m) and Aaron Wan-Bissaka (£5.3m) take the full-back positions off Luke Shaw (£4.8m) and the injured Victor Lindelöf (£4.8m) while it’s a second consecutive start for Eric Bailly (£4.9m) alongside Harry Maguire (£5.4m).

Meanwhile, Nuno Espirito Santo has rung the changes for his Wolves line-up, perhaps handing the advantage to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Romain Saïss (£5.0m), Conor Coady (£4.9m) and Max Kilman (£4.1m) represent the best-possible back-three available to him right now in light of Willy Boly‘s (£5.4m) injury but Rayan Aït-Nouri (£5.0m) and Ki-Jana Hoever (£4.4m) are handed the wing-back slots.

Daniel Podence (£5.5m) and Fabio Silva (£5.2m) find themselves on the bench as Nuno hands the centre-forward berth to Pedro Neto (£5.9m), flanked by Vitinha (£4.8m) and Adama Traoré (£6.1m).

Manchester United XI: De Gea; Telles, Maguire, Bailly, Wan-Bissaka; Matic, Pogba; Rashford, B Fernandes, Greenwood; Cavani.

Wolverhampton Wanderers XI: Patrício; Saïss, Coady, Kilman; Aït-Nouri, Neves, Moutinho, Hoever; Vitinha, Neto, Traoré.

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  1. KAPTAIN KANE
    • 4 Years
    8 months, 22 days ago

    Anyone starting Mitchell this week in the hope he gets another start? (Sheff at home)

    I guess he either starts or no shows

    1. acidicleo
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 22 days ago

      I am..

    2. COUFAL SO GOOD
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 22 days ago

      If I had him, yes

      1. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 4 Years
        8 months, 22 days ago

        Cheers fellas

    3. TimoTime
      • 2 Years
      8 months, 22 days ago

      I am

    4. Duke Silver ☑
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      8 months, 22 days ago

      Looks like it. Apparently he had a good game vs Lei so hopefully Woy wewards him with another start.

    5. BIG TONES
      • 7 Years
      8 months, 22 days ago

      Had a decent game. Definitely would be a tough dropping

    6. McSauce
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      8 months, 22 days ago

      Clearly getting benched again for PVA

    7. F_Ivanovic
      • 6 Years
      8 months, 22 days ago

      Expect he'll be benched but worth the punt still. The fact it's Sheff U means he probably wants more attacking threat as opposed to a better defender.

    8. TLF
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 22 days ago

      Yep

  2. tommo123
    • 6 Years
    8 months, 22 days ago

    Triple spurs tomorrow plus DCL and have Taylor, anyone worse off?

    1. Mr. O'Connell
      • 9 Years
      8 months, 22 days ago

      What's happened to Spurs? All speculation atm isn't it?

    2. Hotdogs for Tea
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      8 months, 22 days ago

      3 Spurs (C & VC), Matip, DCL, Wellbeck, Coufal

      1. Baps hunter
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        8 months, 22 days ago

        Pretyy even with us. (At least I have C Salah)

    3. PLerix
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 22 days ago

      Yes. Thats not to bad

    4. Brehmeren
      • 11 Years
      8 months, 22 days ago

      Triple Spurs, Stones, DCL, Taylor and Lewis (my fault).

      1. Mr-Inbetween
        • 9 Years
        8 months, 22 days ago

        KDB, DCL, Lamptey, Semedo, James, Coufal

    5. TLF
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 22 days ago

      DCL, Coufal, Balbeuna, Cancelo, Taylor and Kane*

  3. Scots Gooner
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    8 months, 22 days ago

    Anyone beat 3 x Man City, 2 x Spurs, Coufal and Taylor?

    1. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 22 days ago

      Ouch very unfortunate. Sorry to hear, genuinely

      1. Scots Gooner
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        8 months, 22 days ago

        Ah, its all good. Don't think many are coming out of this unscathed.

        Just disappointed I was likely to go top of my ML if those games had taken place

    2. GOTHAM City F.C.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 22 days ago

      2 city, 2 spurs, Coufal and DCL

    3. HashAttack
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 22 days ago

      1 Spud short - 3 MCI, Son, Coufal and Taylor

    4. acidicleo
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 22 days ago

      Ouch..
      Guess u were building for bgw18..

      1. Scots Gooner
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        8 months, 22 days ago

        Not really, just liked City's fixtures before and after the DGW and liked their defensive form. Same for Spurs more or less.

        I suppose everyone's plans are in tatters now though.

    5. Hect.OR 98th
      • 11 Years
      8 months, 22 days ago

      3 Spurs, 1 City, Taylor, DCL and Anguissa

      1. dogtanion
        • 12 Years
        8 months, 22 days ago

        And a partridge in a pear tree

    6. Baps hunter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      8 months, 22 days ago

      No Taylor, but Podence and Lewis to cover him.

      1. Baps hunter
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        8 months, 22 days ago

        3 City, 2 Spurs and Coufal also (+ my bench: Podence, Brewster, Lewis)

  4. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    8 months, 22 days ago

    As a Bruno owner but non-captainer, or vice, could anyone tell me if I want him to score points?

    Haven’t seen it mentioned tonight...

    1. acidicleo
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 22 days ago

      I dont want him to score as his eo may up with any cancellations tomorrow..

    2. Gandalf
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      8 months, 22 days ago

      About 97% for me, so with potentially a lot of Bruno vice captains, I want a blank

  5. LǝgleSs e|even
    • 5 Years
    8 months, 22 days ago

    Chances for Fabio Silva to come on?

  6. KAPTAIN KANE
    • 4 Years
    8 months, 22 days ago

    Shaw on Telles off

    1. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      8 months, 22 days ago

      Telles had some good early crosses and then nuttin

      1. Duke Silver ☑
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        8 months, 22 days ago

        Liability against Wolves counter though.

  7. Hryszko
    • 4 Years
    8 months, 22 days ago

    Burke & Taylor > Bissouma & Lowton for free?

    Have 2 FT’s and could do with a playing bench.

    1. lawsy009
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      8 months, 22 days ago

      Worth holding off the Lowton transfer, surely? At least until we know if the extent of Fulham's COVID sitation. They play Burnley at the weekend.

      1. Hryszko
        • 4 Years
        8 months, 22 days ago

        So maybe just do Burke > Bissouma?

        1. lawsy009
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          8 months, 22 days ago

          Wouldn't advise against it. Would definitely wait until the last minute though so get news on other COVID positive. Also might get some firm news on how bad Taylor's injury is.

  8. acidicleo
    • 5 Years
    8 months, 22 days ago

    Covid tips..
    1) no more than 2 players from a team
    2) cap and vice never from the same team or match..
    3) have a playing bench..

    1. Mr. O'Connell
      • 9 Years
      8 months, 22 days ago

      4) no early transfers

      1. acidicleo
        • 5 Years
        8 months, 22 days ago

        True..

      2. thegaffer82
        • 10 Years
        8 months, 22 days ago

        5) Pray

    2. fusen
      • 9 Years
      8 months, 22 days ago

      5) shut your eyes and cross your fingers

    3. Mr. O'Connell
      • 9 Years
      8 months, 22 days ago

      6) go to the winchester
      7) have a pint
      8) wait for this all to blow over

      1. Halftime
        • 10 Years
        8 months, 22 days ago

        Great film

    4. Kane and Ablett
      8 months, 22 days ago

      Well said, see it is possible to mitigate ‘bad luck’, but not all of it in this train smash of a game week

  9. King of Kings.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    8 months, 22 days ago

    Do we know if its mainly Fulham players that are causing the potential call off?

    1. Duke Silver ☑
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      8 months, 22 days ago

      Apparently yes it's on Fulham's side.

    2. Hotdogs for Tea
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      8 months, 22 days ago

      yes Fulham

    3. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 22 days ago

      Few cases in the Fulham.

      City set the precedent yesterday so might as well try get it called off for the rest too.

    4. King of Kings.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      8 months, 22 days ago

      Good news as looking to have 3 x Leeds for DGW and are playing Spurs next

  10. Klip Klopp
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    8 months, 22 days ago

    Taylor to Dier for free?

    1. Hect.OR 98th
      • 11 Years
      8 months, 22 days ago

      Not yet. I'm holding all transfers until the last possible minute. Good transfer otherwise.

    2. MMN
      • 7 Years
      8 months, 22 days ago

      Was looking at Dier but do you expect clean sheets vs Leeds and Villa?

  11. Party time
    8 months, 22 days ago

    Could they just postpone the 2nd half of this game.

    Tired of seeing the scoreline as 0-0

  12. Wild Rover
    • 11 Years
    8 months, 22 days ago

    The Spurs game HAS NOT been called off.

    yet

    1. Mr. O'Connell
      • 9 Years
      8 months, 22 days ago

      +100

    2. COUFAL SO GOOD
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 22 days ago

      It will eventually

      1. Wild Rover
        • 11 Years
        8 months, 22 days ago

        Why? If they had enough cases it already would be

    3. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 22 days ago

      Cheers WR.
      Gameweek rests on this

    4. acidicleo
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 22 days ago

      I think it will go ahead as its Fulham that's affected..

      1. Wild Rover
        • 11 Years
        8 months, 22 days ago

        Lol what? Spurs to play themselves? 😀

        1. acidicleo
          • 5 Years
          8 months, 22 days ago

          Big clubs have a bigger say...

  13. Chucky
    • 7 Years
    8 months, 22 days ago

    Stephens in for Son 😀 my fourth 1 pointer this GW along with three 0s... Season over 😀

  14. Goonerly
    • 3 Years
    8 months, 22 days ago

    If looking to WC in gw 17, FH gw 18 and BB in gw 19, what's the ideal team to have?

    Really struggling with my decisions, second guessing a lot...

    1. TLF
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 22 days ago

      So much uncertainty at the current time it's really hard to say, need to reassess daily atm. Hope this doesnt sound rude but I'd suggest putting a draft in your question as it will give people an idea of what your current thoughts are. Otherwise you are basically asking someone to build a team for you and where's the fun in that! 🙂

  15. pablo discobar
    • 11 Years
    8 months, 22 days ago

    Commentators all taking about a football 2 week circuit break. It's clear Covid is well out of control right now

    1. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 22 days ago

      Ah Boris has it all under control I’m sure.

    2. BIG TONES
      • 7 Years
      8 months, 22 days ago

      Tbf they are testing more people, so always going to be more positive results, even if asymptomatic. Of course there needs to be precautions to limit spread though.

      1. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 4 Years
        8 months, 22 days ago

        Herd immunity

        1. Hect.OR 98th
          • 11 Years
          8 months, 22 days ago

          Will take years and mean the deaths of tens of thousands, perhaps hundreds of thousands more.

          1. BIG TONES
            • 7 Years
            8 months, 22 days ago

            Need scientific proof that it would take that long. Also more people are dying from not receiving treatment for cancer etc than covid deaths. Not to mention suicides as a result of the economic fallout of lockdown measures.

            There's also a big distinction between dying of covid and dying within 28 days of a positive test. This needs to be addressed for public debate.

            Not saying it isn't a serious thing, it is, there just needs to be a more viable and transparent way of dealing with it than is currently taking place.

            1. Hect.OR 98th
              • 11 Years
              8 months, 22 days ago

              I suspect it would, but I get your point. It will take years to get less developed countries vaccinated, during which time the virus will still circulate the globe and the more developed countries will need to be confident of sufficient vaccination to insure themselves against it.

  16. Don Kloppeone
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    8 months, 22 days ago

    On for a sizeable red arrow already. I should be excited that I still have Salah (C), Robbo, Kane (v) and Son to play but it looks like the fpl spirits may have other plans!

    The other downside of waiting on doing BB DGW transfers is I have two duds on the bench who can’t cover all this madness!

    This game...

    1. Pompel
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      8 months, 22 days ago

      Group hug - oh, sorry, that's breach of Corona rules !

      1. Don Kloppeone
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        8 months, 22 days ago

        I give up 😆

  17. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    8 months, 22 days ago

    Rash YC

    1. Optimus.
      • 10 Years
      8 months, 22 days ago

      Looked deserved to me

  18. Wild Rover
    • 11 Years
    8 months, 22 days ago

    Rash yellow

  19. Duke Silver ☑
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    8 months, 22 days ago

    Obviously depending on how many positive cases pop up in the Fulham camp over the next 15 hours or so I would be pushing to get the game played. Spurs are on a wobbler at the moment. Perfect time to pick up a point or 3 for Fulham.

  20. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    8 months, 22 days ago

    Yellow Rash

    1. Forza
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      8 months, 22 days ago

      See a doctor.

      1. Duke Silver ☑
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        8 months, 22 days ago

        Could be lupus

        1. Forza
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          8 months, 22 days ago

          It's never lupus.

          1. Duke Silver ☑
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            8 months, 22 days ago

            But then that one time when we don't test for it...

        2. AzzaroMax99
          • 4 Years
          8 months, 22 days ago

          STD 100%

    2. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      8 months, 22 days ago

      Get that checked out

  21. fusen
    • 9 Years
    8 months, 22 days ago

    I transferred KDB out for Son this week BUT

    I sort of hope the Spurs game is called off, as I don't own Kane and everyone around me owns Son.

    So I would be saved from both a Spurs clean sheet and a Kane haul...

    Very selfish but that is the core of FPL 😛

    1. F_Ivanovic
      • 6 Years
      8 months, 22 days ago

      do one. I've already used my bench this week... no shows from Kane and Dier would kill my season.

  22. Party time
    8 months, 22 days ago

    Rashford yc as expected

  23. Sack The Glazers
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    8 months, 22 days ago

    pogba does nothing for united but slow them down

    1. Here's Tom with the We…
      • 10 Years
      8 months, 22 days ago

      And gives the ball away.

    2. BIG TONES
      • 7 Years
      8 months, 22 days ago

      Donny is a far better player, at least in the United setup.

  24. Dont give a fuchs
    • 7 Years
    8 months, 22 days ago

    Burnley vs Fulham will also be cancelled if tomorrow's match between Spurs and Fulham is cancelled right?

    1. Duke Silver ☑
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      8 months, 22 days ago

      You're not getting ahead of yourself are you? 😆

      1. Dont give a fuchs
        • 7 Years
        8 months, 22 days ago

        Hahahahaha. I actually am coz then I have an additional player in Taylor. Even though thats a confirmed transfer out coz of the injury

    2. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 22 days ago

      Would then be likely.

    3. Nightcrawler
      • 2 Years
      8 months, 22 days ago

      Not necessarily

    4. Chucky
      • 7 Years
      8 months, 22 days ago

      justice for taylor owners..

      1. Dont give a fuchs
        • 7 Years
        8 months, 22 days ago

        They should be given clean sheet for tonight's game

  25. Hryszko
    • 4 Years
    8 months, 22 days ago

    What are Taylor owners doing? Would appear it sounds like a fairly bad injury.

    1. Duke Silver ☑
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      8 months, 22 days ago

      Waiting a couple of days to find out the extent.

    2. Revival
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      8 months, 22 days ago

      Wait on injury news tomorrow and sell if out long term

    3. COUFAL SO GOOD
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 22 days ago

      Selling

    4. MMN
      • 7 Years
      8 months, 22 days ago

      Fixtures couldn't have been much juicier than those two ...

    5. TLF
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 22 days ago

      Keeping for now as other transfer plans and not a priority. That said if the rest of my team was ok I'd sell.

  26. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    8 months, 22 days ago

    Podence coming on

  27. Slouch87
    • 5 Years
    8 months, 22 days ago

    Stock up on food.
    Stock up on booze.
    We're all going to be locked down at home for a good while very soon and watching football repeats from times gone by.

  28. jdp219
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    8 months, 22 days ago

    I don't know if it was noticed by many, but I wanted to give a thanks to the on-duty mod(s). That comment about players & covid was utterly ridiculous. Thank you for removing it.

    1. ‘Tis the Season
      • 3 Years
      8 months, 22 days ago

      Who posted it

      1. jdp219
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        8 months, 22 days ago

        Eh, not worth rehashing, I don't think. But wanted the mods to know their work is noticed.

  29. Hect.OR 98th
    • 11 Years
    8 months, 22 days ago

    Fully expect the 2 week break after this week. The COVID case numbers nationally are growing incredibly quickly, and we've yet to see the impact of Xmas mixing. If the usual proportion of cases require hospitalisation, the NHS is in real trouble. Football may have to pause if only to emphasise the gravity of the situation.

    1. JIMMY764
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      8 months, 22 days ago

      Cheers doc.

  30. TheDragon
    • 3 Years
    8 months, 22 days ago

    Whether Spurs vs Fulham goes ahead could be season defining in FPL

    1. Flair
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      8 months, 22 days ago

      Haven't heard this mentioned three times already

      1. Mr. O'Connell
        • 9 Years
        8 months, 22 days ago

        Try three hundred

      2. TheDragon
        • 3 Years
        8 months, 22 days ago

        It’s needs repeating 🙂

    2. Kane and Ablett
      8 months, 22 days ago

      It’s one match

    3. Steve The Spud
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      8 months, 22 days ago

      Don’t exaggerate, most people have 1 or 2 spurs.

    4. Mr-Inbetween
      • 9 Years
      8 months, 22 days ago

      Disagree, I think this week is bad for most

    5. Pat Bonner
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      8 months, 22 days ago

      Calm down