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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. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 29 days ago

    Currently have DCL,Grealish,Son,Cancelo,Fernandes,Dias+(Taylor,Lamptey,Riedwald)*

    and 1 more FT to maybe do Mendy to Martinez or Taylor to Maguire

    Would you advise using FH with that lot?

    1. Old Gregg
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      I have Konza, Michell, Stones, Bruno, Son, Grealish, Wilson (Burke)

      2 transfers till 18. I am not going to use my FH. However, I'm not sure I advise it.

      I always felt I didn't want to use it. The difference is I now I have more DGW players.

      1. Old Gregg
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        if that makes sense. I can field 11 DGW players without taking hits, needing massive surgery to my team

    2. Old Gregg
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      will target Man City with the 2 transfers.

  2. Rinseboy
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 29 days ago

    Thoughts on this DGW19 team? Could get it with 3 moves!

    Meslier Fabianaki
    Shaw TAA Dias Coufal Justin
    Barnes Raphinha Salah Bruno Soucek
    Aguero Ings Bamford

    1. VISH
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Why Kun? Is he going to start both games?

      1. Rinseboy
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        I have no idea mate. But may as well take a punt

    2. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      I like it mate

  3. DandyDon
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 29 days ago

    So just noticed City now have a very decent double gameweek too. So much for all the planning...do I bring kdb back in now!?

    1. Mac90
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Id wait til the DGW or the gw b4. He plays chelsea next anyway

      1. UNDERWORLD7
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        And? Like chelsea are impenetrable?

    2. UNDERWORLD7
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Do they have a double in 19?

    3. Sous Chef
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      check his bio security rating first

  4. BenDavies
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 29 days ago

    So WC16 players have been utterly f*cked? I have zero City/Everton players.

    All my WC16 spreadsheets in tatters...

    1. Steve The Spud
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 29 days ago

      May as well just play the 2nd one now

    2. I Member
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Why do Everton players matter? Nothing changed for them.

    3. Dele
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      It’s madness isn’t it! The advantage of keeping that wildcard in the bin

    4. Debauchy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Why ? this could actually add to the opportunity

      City and United both play twice before the blank , likely a few knocks and rotation. Free hitters have a big advantage

    5. HippY
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      It's a bit of a blessing for me. I was really thinking about keeping all triple Spurs players for Sheffield United game. Now it's easy to switch them out for City

  5. rnrd
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 29 days ago

    does these announcements have an impact on Spurs still-has-to-be-rearranged game?

  6. ivantys
      1 month, 29 days ago

      KDB sellers massively punished.

      1. drughi
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        casuals strikes again

      2. UNDERWORLD7
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        So glad I kept

      3. Amey
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Yeah.
        3 pointers will hurt everyone !!

        1. UNDERWORLD7
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Ooo could regret that 🙂

          1. Amey
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            Salah Bruno Grealish Son Soucek

            No place for Super Kev 🙂

            1. I Member
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 29 days ago

              Surely KDB with CRY + AVL is much better than Son playing once.

              1. Amey
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 29 days ago

                He will get a DGW too IMO 😉

        2. Little Red Lacazette
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          haha

      4. George Agdgdgwngo
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        What’s happened?

      5. FPL_Motty
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Not quite - he blanked this week obviously, chelsea away is a tough fixture, and easily theres enough time to bring him back. Meawhile his price went down so I've lost nothing

        1. ivantys
            1 month, 29 days ago

            No one saw the blank this week coming tbf, those 3 home fixtures definitely looked tasty. I've sold him too and won't say I would bring him back for sure as I'm happy with just Sterling alone.

            1. FPL_Motty
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              1 month, 29 days ago

              Haha you're also a seller. Well if you have Sterling doesnt make sense to double up. I'll get KDB back tbh, but no rush, Son has good fixtures for now but come the double its hard to keep son over KDB.

              1. ivantys
                  1 month, 29 days ago

                  Yup I might get KDB back though but that way I could not get Vardy which is probably fine. This new rearranged fixture just made sure I will not get Mane in 19.

          • Party time
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            What a stupid post.

            I sold kdb this gw & I will get him back for the dgw. So what’s your point??

            1. ivantys
                1 month, 29 days ago

                You're stupid, he could easily haul vs Brighton and you would save a FH in 18 if you own him.

                1. Party time
                  • 2 Years
                  1 month, 29 days ago

                  You are sliding into the new year as a dumb fella

                  1. ivantys
                      1 month, 29 days ago

                      You're the dumb one if you gonna waste a FH in 18. Have fun.

            2. Pitch Perfect
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 29 days ago

              "Emotional investment in FPL needs to be low in difficult times like these."

              Never a truer word said!

            3. Niho992
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 29 days ago

              Agueeeeeeeeeeeroooooooooooo

            4. Little Red Lacazette
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 29 days ago

              1 FT. 0.7ITB.

              Matip -> Cancelo or Dias?

              Martinez
              Dallas Coufal Bednarek
              KDB Bruno Salah Son
              Bamford Adams DCL

              Johnstone Bissouma Taylor* Matip*

            5. davies
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 29 days ago

              I honestly have no idea what to do anymore

              Anyone else feel the same?

              1. Rinseboy
                • 9 Years
                1 month, 29 days ago

                I don't care anymore basically. Just gonna take -8 hits every week for batner

              2. Manani
                • 9 Years
                1 month, 29 days ago

                Diaz or Cancelo?

                1. Manani
                  • 9 Years
                  1 month, 29 days ago

                  reply fail

              3. Mr. O'Connell
                • 8 Years
                1 month, 29 days ago

                Doing nothing is now a viable option I think.

              4. Sous Chef
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 29 days ago

                Basically bring in as many City/Utd/Bur/AVL players as you can as they play three times wk18 and twice wk19.

                No idea about free hitting 18 anymore. DGW BB still possible if all your team are playing.

              5. Fit of Pique
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 29 days ago

                Yep

            6. Oh Mane Mane
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 29 days ago

              Hi Guys

              Thoughts on what to do here?

              McCarthy (Button)
              Coufal Dias Dallas (White Mitchell)
              Salah Bruno Son Grealish (Bissouma)
              Kane DCL Bamford

              2 FT and £1.5M ITB

              Option 1 - White & Grealish to Robertson & Raphina

              Option 2 - DCL & Grealish to Vardy & Raphina

              What do you reckon?

              1. gooberman
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                1 month, 29 days ago

                I'm not being funny mate but working out what to do with ones own team is enough of a headache without advising others on their teams! There is enough info on here for you to work out what to do yourself.

            7. Amey
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 29 days ago

              I'm loving it 😎

              1. Debauchy
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                1 month, 29 days ago

                Hey Amey , me too GL fella and Happy new Year

                1. Amey
                  • 2 Years
                  1 month, 29 days ago

                  GL mate !
                  And a very happy new year !!

            8. Rinseboy
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 29 days ago

              Fck KDB. I'm getting Aguero

              1. gooberman
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                1 month, 29 days ago

                Yeah as he will definitely play both games. Lol

                1. VISH
                  • 2 Years
                  1 month, 29 days ago

                  Spot on

                  1. gooberman
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 9 Years
                    1 month, 29 days ago

                    Personally I will be targeting the City defence with those fixtures. Looks a guaranteed one clean sheet minimum.

                    1. C_Manan
                      • 1 Year
                      1 month, 29 days ago

                      Planning for the same. Who are you getting in Dias, Stones, Cancelo?

                      1. gooberman
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 9 Years
                        1 month, 29 days ago

                        I'm just tinkering now. If I want Robertson and Soucek then I can only afford Stones.

                2. I Member
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  1 month, 29 days ago

                  Good chance if Jesus still has COVID.

            9. NateDogsCats
                1 month, 29 days ago

                I hope people don't mass buy KDB now, I dropped him this week and wanted to get him back in next week, he looks like he'll possibly drop tonight which would be a big help

              • TAT
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 29 days ago

                Currently only got 5 players in GW 18. Hits galore or play FH as planned?

                MARTINEZ
                Chilwell - Dallas - TAYLOR
                SON - Raphinha - FERNANDES - Salah
                WATKINS - DCL - Bamford
                (Button - Coufal - Vestergaard - Anguissa)

                1. HuttonDressedasLahm
                  • 11 Years
                  1 month, 29 days ago

                  Used this weeks transfer?

                  1. TAT
                    • 3 Years
                    1 month, 29 days ago

                    No, the plan was to do Vestergaard to Robertson.

                    1. HuttonDressedasLahm
                      • 11 Years
                      1 month, 29 days ago

                      Taylor to Holding

                      1. TAT
                        • 3 Years
                        1 month, 29 days ago

                        As an Arsenal fan myself, I really don't trust them to keep clean sheets…

              • Manani
                • 9 Years
                1 month, 29 days ago

                what to do with Taylor? Out long term? (at least till dgw?)

                1. DA Minnion
                  • 8 Years
                  1 month, 29 days ago

                  Same issue here. Was such an unlucky transfer.

              • YEAH PITCH!
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 29 days ago

                Who you captaining this week then?

                1. Niho992
                  • 2 Years
                  1 month, 29 days ago

                  Harry

                2. Debauchy
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 8 Years
                  1 month, 29 days ago

                  Harry

                3. VISH
                  • 2 Years
                  1 month, 29 days ago

                  Son bilong

              • DA Minnion
                • 8 Years
                1 month, 29 days ago

                Any chance Taylor is back before the blank game week now that they're playing city.

                1. VISH
                  • 2 Years
                  1 month, 29 days ago

                  Na hamstring prob out till Feb

                  1. HuttonDressedasLahm
                    • 11 Years
                    1 month, 29 days ago

                    Awful timing especially with extra game now 🙁

                2. FPL_Motty
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  1 month, 29 days ago

                  Yeah theres a chance until we hear from Dyche. It could be just a strain, in which case a couple of weeks would be enough to be back for Utd. If its scanned and comes back as a serious tear, then it really buggers things up as a Taylor owner.

              • DAZZ
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                1 month, 29 days ago

                Honestly might just dodge KDB and go Dias and Ederson.

                1. NateDogsCats
                    1 month, 29 days ago

                    Could be very shrewd considering Ederson won't be rotated and Dias fairly unlikely to be too

                  • Lemongrab
                    • 11 Years
                    1 month, 29 days ago

                    Ederson rumoured to be one of the city players with Covid so he could miss a few games

                2. drughi
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 11 Years
                  1 month, 29 days ago

                  So FH 18 and BB19 is out the window ?

                  1. Little Red Lacazette
                    • 4 Years
                    1 month, 29 days ago

                    FH definitely.

                    1. drughi
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 11 Years
                      1 month, 29 days ago

                      then wc ? no players in 18 except son, bruno and dier

                  2. In a Rush
                    • 4 Years
                    1 month, 29 days ago

                    Not for me still on

                  3. Niho992
                    • 2 Years
                    1 month, 29 days ago

                    Still FH. Only have Bruno

                    1. In a Rush
                      • 4 Years
                      1 month, 29 days ago

                      Only Bruno Martinez Grealish and Kane here

                      1. Niho992
                        • 2 Years
                        1 month, 29 days ago

                        Yeah. Have Kane too.

                  4. Forza
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 6 Years
                    1 month, 29 days ago

                    Not for me - I can only get 6 players for GW 18 before hits. Having those extra five players is surely worth spending a chip IMO. It will be awkward to plan for the next set of blanks and doubles but that's what the second WC is for.

                3. UshFPL
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 29 days ago

                  Which City players have covid then?

                  1. Gun gun
                    • 4 Years
                    1 month, 29 days ago

                    Hear is ederson cancelo and torres?

                  2. Maeki2
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    1 month, 29 days ago

                    It was fake

                4. HuttonDressedasLahm
                  • 11 Years
                  1 month, 29 days ago

                  No Free Hit 18 needed with the extra fixture
                  Build for 19, and Bench Boost “IF” you think it’s worth it, but preferably TC
                  WC 24/25 and use bench boost for 26

                  Simples

                  1. drughi
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 11 Years
                    1 month, 29 days ago

                    if you have 3 players in 18 though ? son, bruno and dier here

                    1. HuttonDressedasLahm
                      • 11 Years
                      1 month, 29 days ago

                      Ok, let’s say if you have 7-8

                5. Shark Team
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 29 days ago

                  Mission: focus Man city
                  Amazing fixtures between gws 18-22
                  Currently I have none of them but I will surely get Dias asap along with KDB(tempted to sell Salah after DGW19) + Stones(?) Maybe

                  1. HuttonDressedasLahm
                    • 11 Years
                    1 month, 29 days ago

                    Annoyingly Covid has put car amongst the pigeons

                    1. HuttonDressedasLahm
                      • 11 Years
                      1 month, 29 days ago

                      Or cat, even, but maybe car is more 2020 🙂

                  2. Mr. O'Connell
                    • 8 Years
                    1 month, 29 days ago

                    I've played that game before. It didn't end well. KDB and a defender and leave it at that.

                6. Labile
                  • 2 Years
                  1 month, 29 days ago

                  FH Gw 19 anyone?

                  1. nn11
                    • 6 Years
                    1 month, 29 days ago

                    +1

                7. Flynny
                  • 5 Years
                  1 month, 29 days ago

                  A little bit lost with the rearranged fixtures....plan to free hit in 18 and bb19. 3.1mitb

                  Is grealish to rashford worthwhile?

                  I know grealiah has a double - but so does rashford and his games are better......thanks

                  Martinez
                  Robbo dallas coufal james balbuena
                  Salah bruno grealish raphinha soucek
                  Kane watkins bamford

                  Thanks

                8. Lemongrab
                  • 11 Years
                  1 month, 29 days ago

                  Do we think Laporte takes Stones place any time soon or is he pretty nailed these days? Looks like an obvious replacement for Taylor now that City have a double but worried about getting shafted by Pep

                  1. Maeki2
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    1 month, 29 days ago

                    Yes Laport on his way

                9. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 29 days ago

                  Would you do Forster to Martinez for a hit if it gives you a keeper for 18+ 2 more games for 19 BB?

                  Problem is that the other keeper is Mendy...

                  1. Pukki Party
                    • 3 Years
                    1 month, 29 days ago

                    ItS juST a MinUS TwO

                10. It’s gonna Ben Mee
                  • 7 Years
                  1 month, 29 days ago

                  Is there any point in this when they make it up as they go along? Impossible to plan.

                11. Pukki Party
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 29 days ago

                  WC is still a more valuable chip than FH, and could be used later to sort your team out long term. FH18 TC19 still on for me, just a bigger pool to pick players in 18 and more options for dgw players in 19.

                12. lawsy009
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 9 Years
                  1 month, 29 days ago

                  This week: Mane and Taylor > KdB and Cancelo?

                  Not just for this week but those City fixtures are just.. *drools*

                  Would leave me two more transfers to get out a full 15 DGW'ers on a BB for 19. Still planning to FH in 18 tbh. Too far along in the plan (?) to back out now!