Pro Pundit Teams

Seven-time top 10k finisher Zøphar on Rashford, Leeds, Grealish and disappointment

The FPL manager with six top 5k overall ranks to his name, Zøphar, looks at some statistical trends from the last four Gameweeks.


Gameweek 16 is finally over and for many it didn’t even start, with the postponement of Everton v Manchester City shortly after the Fantasy Premier League deadline passed and then a similar fate befalling the Tottenham Hotspur v Fulham game. 

Rather than lament about how these absences affected our squads, I thought I would rather look forward and discuss some trends I noticed over the last few Gameweeks.

Shot-Shy Grealish 

Dealing with disappointment

Gameweek 16 was a nightmare for many managers, including myself. Many of us, especially those with a strategy not to Free Hit in Gameweek 18, suffered six-to-seven absences with the last-minute postponements, in addition to injuries and rotation. 

It can be tough for us who take pleasure in planning and obsessing over the best strategy and picks, only to have a fixture called off a few hours before the game. All of those hours spent on listening to podcasts, poring over statistics and discussing on message boards can feel like a waste but we can only make decisions based on the information available and this is no ordinary season. Things are likely to get worse before they get better and it’s important that we don’t let this get us down. It’s the FPL process and community interaction I enjoy as much as the actual matches themselves and I don’t plan to change that anytime soon. 

Adversity usually presents opportunity and these postponed games are likely to present more double and even triple Gameweeks in the future. Emotional investment in FPL needs to be low in difficult times like these. The game is meant to serve as a distraction from troubled times and if you are only letting it add to your grief, you’re doing it wrong. We must remember that the health and safety of players and staff is paramount and the Premier League would only call off fixtures if there was no other possible course of action. 

As my fellow Pro Pundit and podcast co-host Lateriser said in his last piece: “It’s just a game”. There is no point worrying about things we cannot control or cannot foresee. Let’s enjoy watching sport while we can, if these postponements etc do not fall our way, we can just shrug our shoulders and move on. 

Keep your chin up. Better times are coming. Take care of yourself and those around you, physically and mentally. 

Wishing you all a happy new year. 


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1,071 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Whazza
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 5 days ago

    Rashford this, Rashford that... Blankford when United put 6 behind Leeds! Anyone who watched his goal vs Wolves could see it was extremely lucky.

  2. CROYDON DE BRUYNE
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 5 days ago

    Will this suffice for BGW18 (no hits used):

    Leno
    Dias Targett Nkounkou (not expected to play)
    KDB Son Bissouma
    Wilson Brewster

    Feel it’s going to be a very low scoring GW regardless ...

  3. Wild Rover
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 5 days ago

    I need a defender for this week only, any price. Nobody is leaping out at me, TAA maybe for a diff?

    1. Big Hippo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 5 days ago

      PVA?

      1. Wild Rover
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 5 days ago

        Funnily enough he was the first player I looked at, but I think he flatters to deceive - just two assists all season and not a sinlge clean sheet

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

      Tricky as a few fixtures this week that are about the same in terms of one-sidedness. TAA certainly could be a good shout.

    3. gogs67
        2 months, 5 days ago

        Yerry Mina

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

        Furlong

      • tomasjj
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 5 days ago

        TAA looks out of form, Robbo being a safer pick.
        No telling when TAA starts firing again though. We all know he is capable.

    4. Forza Papac
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 5 days ago

      Grealish > Son, Rashford or Raphina?

      1. D ✅
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 5 days ago

        Would hold

      2. nico05
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 5 days ago

        Keep Grealish mate

      3. ivantys
          2 months, 5 days ago

          Grealish is more essential now that 3 cheap strikers are useless. Allows you to go 3 big mids and 1 of Kane/Vardy.

      4. Big Hippo
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 5 days ago

        If this Utd fixtures gets moved, is Lamptey > AWB a good move? 0.1 off Maguire

        1. Black Knights
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 5 days ago

          It’s moved. Burnley in 18.

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

        Who should I sell? I have 2 FT and 0.2 itb
        McCarthy - Johnstone
        Targett - Holding - Dallas - Cancelo* - Balbuena*
        Son - Salah - Soucek - Fernandes - KdB*
        Bamford - DCL - Welbeck*
        I probably should sell KdB to free up funds to either get Balbuena or Welbeck to a more nailed defender/striker, but at the same time selling Cancelo might achieve the same objective

        1. nico05
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 5 days ago

          Id keep KDB & Cancelo why so keen to get rid? ts only a matter of time before KDB hauls and Cancelo is playing like a winger

          1. adased
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 5 days ago

            Ye that's true, I wouldn't sell any of them ordinarily but I think having playing players should be a priority for now, and Cancelo covid rumours from the page earlier might affect my team

      6. Jdpz
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 5 days ago

        Best 2 Def under 4.7m?

        1. Tonyawesome69 WC31 & FH…
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 5 days ago

          For BGW or DGW?

          1. Jdpz
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 5 days ago

            Dgw 19

      7. Little Red Lacazette
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 5 days ago

        My cup opponent is too strong. Unfair!! I want a re-draw.

        https://fantasy.premierleague.com/entry/1886201/event/16

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

          He's a casual - he still has Davis. 🙂 😉

      8. LewanGOALski
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 5 days ago

        This lot for -4 points good enough for DGW19 BB?

        Martinez - Fabianski
        Robbo - Zouma - Lindelof - Coufal - Dallas
        Salah - Son - Bruno - Raphinha - Soucek
        Vardy - Adama - Bamford

        13 DGW + Martinez & Son as 2 SGWers

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

          Adama is Adams ofc 😐

        2. Tonyawesome69 WC31 & FH…
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 5 days ago

          Yes

        3. QUEN
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 5 days ago

          Martinez is a double now

      9. Tonyawesome69 WC31 & FH…
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 5 days ago

        I'm looking for a DGW 4.6 replacement for Taylor. Any suggestions to consider? Thanks

        FH18 BB19
        1FT 0.1itb
        Martinez
        Taylor* Robbo Cancelo*
        Son Bruno Salah Raphinha
        Bamford Kane Rodrigo
        (Johnstone Soucek Coufal Balbuena)

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

          Was thinking either Lowton or Pieters as a straight swap for Taylor.

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

            But have just read the Burnley v Fulham game may be postponed so going to avoid them now!

      10. Captain Vantastic™
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 5 days ago

        CITY DGW 19

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

          Is it?

      11. Bonus magnet
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 5 days ago

        please help restructure this team, maximum 3 transfers

        martinez
        dallas robbo tierney
        salah son bruno mahrez bowen
        adams martial

        forster brewster mitchell dunne

        looking at Antonio if fit, for adams

      12. Magic Zico
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 5 days ago

        For FH18 who will be the three 'must have' players? KDB Son Kane?

        1. ivantys
            2 months, 5 days ago

            KDB, Sterling, Son

        2. GW 18 / GW 19 fixtures added
          Rotation's Alter Ego
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 5 days ago

          Some news hot off the press for you!

          Burnley vs United (originally scheduled GW 1) has been moved to GW 18 meaning neither will blank this week.
          Man City vs Aston Villa (also from GW 1) has been moved to GW 19 meaning both will double that week.

          How does this change your blank / double thinking?

          https://www.premierleague.com/news/1961289

          1. D ✅
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 5 days ago

            YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAS

          2. Magic Zico
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 5 days ago

            Marvelous no FH18 and FH19

            1. DA Minnion
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 5 days ago

              This

          3. HuttonDressedasLahm
            • 11 Years
            2 months, 5 days ago

            Panic!!

          4. TorresMagic™
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • Has Moderation Rights
            • 11 Years
            2 months, 5 days ago

            WC time

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

              Yes thinking about this

            2. Geoff
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • Has Moderation Rights
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 5 days ago

              GW19? Now?

              1. TorresMagic™
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • Has Moderation Rights
                • 11 Years
                2 months, 5 days ago

                Was kidding, not kidding.

          5. Little Red Lacazette
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 5 days ago

            No FH 18 then

          6. osceola31909
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 5 days ago

            This hurts my head.

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

              Indeed 😆

          7. D ✅
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 5 days ago

            Do City still play in GW18?

            1. Rotation's Alter Ego
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • Has Moderation Rights
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 5 days ago

              Yep.

              A concise summary is all 4 teams play in 18 and double in 19 now.

              1. D ✅
                • 9 Years
                2 months, 5 days ago

                Thank youi!

          8. Rotation's Alter Ego
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • Has Moderation Rights
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 5 days ago

            Little annoying to see Villa double after I sold all of my assets, but Man City will be hugely popular now.

            Could see a rise in Bruno Salah Mane KDB midfields? Would really push the budget to the limit.

            Will also give a shout to Pope - looks a decent shout for the next few.

            1. Pukki Party
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 5 days ago

              Yeah i sold Watkins for Adams before his hattrick of assists.

            2. Derrydoc
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 5 days ago

              L

          9. CROYDON DE BRUYNE
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 5 days ago

            Now have 10 players for BGW18 and 11DGW’s after 2FT’s for DGW19 🙂

          10. Brosstan
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 5 days ago

            Piss off FPL, useless game when shite like this happens so short in advance

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

              I predicted this two weeks ago.

          11. Bubz
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 5 days ago

            Jesus

          12. mookie
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 5 days ago

            New Year's Eve cancelled. Where's Ben Crellin?

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

              We don't need Crellin when the games are decided. You know what's happening

              1. mookie
                • 7 Years
                2 months, 5 days ago

                I was kidding mate. Unlike most, I like choices and don't need directions.

              2. Geoff
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • Has Moderation Rights
                • 8 Years
                2 months, 5 days ago

                😀

          13. HollywoodXI
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 5 days ago

            Glad I kept 2 FTs and held off doing anything until the deadline now!

          14. Scots Gooner
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 5 days ago

            Tasks- guess KDB and Grealish will survive the cull after all...

            1. Scots Gooner
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 5 days ago

              *Yea - not 'tasks'

          15. Pukki Party
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 5 days ago

            Omg

          16. Avfcchris
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            2 months, 5 days ago

            Random question - can any Burnley fan tell me which budget Burnley defender is more likely to play against Fulham. Lowton or Pieters?

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

              Probably Pieters, but Taylor's injury might not be severe enough for Pieters to be a long-term option. Bardsley might come in for Lowton but he's not played at left back (Pieters' position) for years. Fulham might get the game postponed anyway.

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

                Thanks Pal! Take it Fulham have a number of cases then?

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

                  Yeah, and there are only 4 days between the Fulham game which was already postponed and Burnley v Fulham, so I'd avoid Burnley ahead of GW 17.

            2. Forza
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              2 months, 5 days ago

              I'm not a Burnley fan though!

          17. Baines on Toast...
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            2 months, 5 days ago

            I know a template squad/strategy will emerge on here soon (it always does)

            But the truth is this news is fantastic in terms of squad variety. A whole load of new picks just became options.

            1. Geoff
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • Has Moderation Rights
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 5 days ago

              As well as chip strategies

          18. Big Hippo
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 5 days ago

            I need the season ticker to try and work all this out haha. My head hurts

          19. tisza
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 5 days ago

            Kills my GW16 WC. Having removed Villa and City. but does invite a serious rethink on previous 18 FH, 19BB.

          20. Flair
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            2 months, 5 days ago

            WC18 BB19 FH25/29

        3. HuttonDressedasLahm
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 5 days ago

          A. Had a plan a d sticking to it
          B. Changed plan due to postponements
          C. Waiting for more news

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

            C and sit back, time to rethink more info to come

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

          Sterling to Rashford or Fernandes?

          1. nico05
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 5 days ago

            Bruno all day

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

            Fernandes

          3. D ✅
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 5 days ago

            Bruno Goatnandes

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

            Why sell sterling he has a nice dgw

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

              City having a DGW is not necessarily the same as Sterling having a DGW....

        5. Black Knights
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 5 days ago

          City v Villa Wednesday 20th January.

          DGW19 for both.

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

            Fantastic!

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

          How do you find out who you’re playing in the cup? I’m not smart

          1. Black Knights
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 5 days ago

            If you qualified it’s down underneath the leagues section.

            1. Yeyeyeyeye
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 5 days ago

              Cheers

        7. Pep bites Kun
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 5 days ago

          Small ads: Cheap & cheerful defender wanted to replace Lamptey

          I've been looking at Pieters for 4.3. Limited mins this season, but is this due to injury or not nailed?

          Other cheap swaps considered

          - No time-wasters 😉

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

          Grealish > Barnes?

          1. nico05
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 5 days ago

            Keep Grealish

          2. jtreble
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 5 days ago

            Maybe wait for the revised schedule? 🙂

          3. QUEN
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 5 days ago

            No grealish has a double now

        9. nico05
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 5 days ago

          Could anyone give me their thoughts on my team please? 1FT 0 available
          McCarthy
          Justin-Reguilon Cancelo
          Salah Bruno KDB Grealish Neto
          DCL Bamford
          Holding-Brewster-Taylor

          Thank you 🙂

        10. Karan14
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 5 days ago

          Man City and Villa will now have a double gameweek in Gameweek 19.

          Man United v Burnley is going into Gameweek 18.

          https://t.co/Xc4bUXOKF5

          1. D ✅
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 5 days ago

            Yes already mentioned.

          2. Flair
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            2 months, 5 days ago

            Lol. Zero need to use a chip now

        11. Shark Team
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 5 days ago

          BIG ANNOUNCEMENT

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

            BIG?!

        12. Lukakwho
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 5 days ago

          Confirmed ; CITY DGW 19, United to play in BGW.

        13. HuttonDressedasLahm
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 5 days ago

          Villa
          Burnley
          Utd
          City

          All have sgw dgw now in 18/19

          Load up

          1. Baines on Toast...
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            2 months, 5 days ago

            Might WC 18...

          2. nico05
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 5 days ago

            Nice

        14. Flair
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          2 months, 5 days ago

          With basically everyone playing in the DGW what’s the point in free hitting lol

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

            I have no City or Villa players and was FH in 18. Spent transfers taking KDB and Grealish out. Difficult to get them back in now with only 2 FTs available before GW19.

            Obvious moves for me now are to bring in a City defender and maybe Watkins.

            What to do about Kevin though?

        15. JJeyy
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 5 days ago

          Man United vs Burnley January 12th apparently, adds another game to the blank from

          1. Party time
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 5 days ago

            Wow. Nice. Already with Bruno & Martial so this is good news

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

              The bad news is having Martial 😛

              1. Party time
                • 2 Years
                2 months, 5 days ago

                Tomorrow you’ll see that Marshall Marthers 😉

            2. themaindanger
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              2 months, 5 days ago

              Martial will probably rotate with Cavani in DGW19.

        16. D ✅
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 5 days ago

          Do City and Villa still play in GW18 too?

          1. TorresMagic™
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • Has Moderation Rights
            • 11 Years
            2 months, 5 days ago

            yes

          2. KAMARA-COPY
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 5 days ago

            Yes

          3. D ✅
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 5 days ago

            Thanks! Great news

          4. ClassiX
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 5 days ago

            DGW 19

        17. Labile
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 5 days ago

          Will have to FH in 19 now!

        18. liiusions
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 5 days ago

          Casuals win again!

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

            I've been taking out City and Villa players for DG19 players in a perfectly crafted FH18, BB19 plan. Bit of a waste of time now.