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The Scout Squad’s top picks for FPL Gameweek 17

Six players get unanimous backing as our Scout Squad panel reconvene to select their top picks for Gameweek 17.

This is the final article of the year and the last in this series for the best part of a fortnight as the Premier League briefly pauses for breath in early January.

For those new to this feature, Fantasy Football Scout editor David, deputy editor Neale, video content manager Andy and Pro Pundit Tom each put forward an 18-man long-list of players and explain their notable inclusions and omissions below.

The assets listed will then be narrowed down to a squad of 15 (with the starting XI not exceeding a total cost of £83.0m) for the weekly Scout Picks selection ahead of the FPL deadline at 16:30 GMT on Friday.

In each writer’s squad, there are requirements for at least:

  • One goalkeeper costing £5.0m or less
  • One sub-£5.0m defender
  • One midfielder listed at £6.5m or below
  • One forward priced at £7.5m or lower

Each panelist is also restricted to no more than three players from the same team, as is the case in FPL.

We will again be adding a captaincy to the Scout Picks, with details of that revealed on New Year’s Day.

DavidNealeTomAndy
GKNick PopeNick PopeNick PopeNick Pope
Emiliano MartínezVicente GuaitaVicente GuaitaVicente Guaita
Alex McCarthyKasper SchmeichelBernd LenoBernd Leno
DFAndrew RobertsonAndrew RobertsonAndrew RobertsonAndrew Robertson
Trent Alexander-ArnoldKieran TierneyJames JustinTrent Alexander-Arnold
James JustinTimothy CastagneRomain SaïssBen Mee
Rob HoldingRomain SaïssMatthew LowtonPatrick van Aanholt
Erik PietersErik PietersMichael KeaneHector Bellerin
MFSon Heung-minSon Heung-minBruno FernandesBruno Fernandes
Bruno FernandesMohamed SalahMohamed SalahMohamed Salah
Mohamed SalahBruno FernandesSon Heung-minSon Heung-min
Anwar El GhaziWilfried ZahaWilfried ZahaPierre-Emerick Aubameyang
Bukayo SakaBukayo SakaBukayo SakaPedro Neto
FWHarry KaneHarry KaneHarry KaneHarry Kane
Alexandre LacazetteJamie VardyJamie VardyJamie Vardy
Patrick BamfordDominic Calvert-LewinDominic Calvert-LewinDominic Calvert-Lewin
Chris WoodAlexandre LacazetteChris WoodChris Wood
Christian BentekeChristian BentekeAnthony MartialChristian Benteke

Most popular picks: Nick Pope, Andrew Robertson, Bruno Fernandes, Mohamed Salah, Son Heung-min, Harry Kane (four), Vicente Guaita, Bukayo Saka, Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Chris Wood, Jamie Vardy, Christian Benteke (three)

DAVID SAID

Ahead of facing a potentially depleted Fulham outfit, my inclusion of Nick Pope and Erik Pieters (likely to fill in for Charlie Taylor) seems self-explanatory. Instead, I will discuss some of my other defensive selections.

Emiliano Martínez and Alex McCarthy have challenging fixtures this weekend, facing Manchester United (away) and Liverpool (home) respectively, but I think each of them can perform better than some might think. Over the last four matches, the top three regularly starting goalkeepers for save percentage are Ederson (100%), Martínez (93.8%) and McCarthy (92.3%). Even with clean sheets less likely than usual, I think there is the potential for lots of saves and maybe some bonus points for the two most-popular Fantasy goalkeepers.

Considering Southampton’s recent struggles in front of goal, I am doubling-up on the Liverpool defence for Gameweek 17 with Andrew Robertson and Trent Alexander-Arnold.

Ralph Hasenhüttl’s men have now gone three matches without finding the net and the absence of ball-playing centre-back Jannik Vestergaard across the last two has damaged their ability to build from the back. Meanwhile, Liverpool have conceded the fewest shots in the box over their last four matches.

James Justin seems a solid inclusion at this time of the year, considering he has managed to play every minute of the campaign thus far – an impressive feat in a season as compressed as this one. Leicester’s Gameweek 17 fixture is an appealing one too, taking them to Newcastle, who have blanked in each of their last two Premier League matches.

Meanwhile, I fancy Arsenal’s defence ahead of their run of appealing fixtures. In Gameweek 17, they travel to face a West Bromwich Albion side without a home goal since Gameweek 11. Mikel Arteta has overseen some improvement at the back again over the last two, with budget option Rob Holding featuring for 90 minutes in eight of the last nine Gameweeks.

Son Heung-min and Harry Kane may have disappointed their owners recently but I believe Saturday’s meeting with Leeds will produce plenty of attacking returns. Games involving Marcelo Bielsa’s men tend to feature tonnes of goals; their last four containing an average of 5.3 and, in that time, they rank third-worst for big chances conceded.

Anwar El Ghazi gets into my selection based on his hot form, with five goals in as many matches, while Jack Grealish has offered up just two assists in that time. The case for the Dutch winger is certainly convincing when we consider he sits top of the league for shots on target over the last four.

Arsenal’s trip to West Bromwich Albion has me liking the look of Bukayo Saka and Alexandre Lacazette. The former has been one of Arsenal’s best players during Arteta’s recent mini-revival while no player with more than 170 minutes to their name has a superior figure for minutes per expected goal involvement (xGI) than Lacazette over their last four.

NEALE SAID…

There’s still the chance that Burnley v Fulham could go the way of the two postponed Gameweek 16 fixtures given that the Cottagers were unfit for action barely 24 hours before this piece went out, so I select my two Clarets players with the obvious caveat that their upcoming match could fall by the wayside.

If it goes ahead, the prospect of Sean Dyche’s side facing an under-strength Fulham – who have scored only twice in the last five Gameweeks even with a full complement of players – is too good to overlook.

Burnley simply know how to keep clean sheets against the fellow also-rans, having already registered five of them against teams ranked 13th or below this season. The top-scoring goalkeeper of 2020, Nick Pope, is a shoo-in for this squad, then, while Erik Pieters ought to get a game either at left-back or further up the flank depending on who is fit in Dyche’s squad.

The visit of the lowest-scoring team in the division leads me to plump for Vicente Guaita between the posts, with uncertainty over just who Roy Hodgson plans to field in his under-performing defence in Gameweek 17.

Further forward, I’ve gone back to 2016/17 for my selection of Christian Benteke alongside Wilfried Zaha. Now seemingly established in Palace’s front two, the Belgian will be up against a Sheffield United defence that have shipped the joint-second-highest number of headed chances all season – and Benteke has had more of those than any other forward over the last six Gameweeks.

Aerial prowess is also what leads me to Romain Saiss, whose Wolves side will be up against a Brighton outfit conceding goals from set plays for fun.

It’s still too early to tell if Arsenal have turned a corner but I’m certainly willing to back a Gunners asset or two for Gameweek 17, with a West Brom side fresh off the back of a 5-0 spanking in midweek playing host to Mikel Arteta’s troops.

An attacking threat when he’s playing at left-back rather than at centre-half, Kieran Tierney has created 11 chances over the last six Gameweeks – a total inferior to just to two other defenders. The budget Bukayo Saka, meanwhile, is among the top ten midfielders for efforts on goal and penalty box touches over the same timeframe.

Southampton and Newcastle’s propensity to concede more chances from their right flank results in my selections of Andrew Robertson and (a hopefully rested) Timothy Castagne, meanwhile.

As for the staple selection of big hitters, it’s a recharged Harry Kane and Son Heung-min who head their respective positions with a Leeds side capable of scoring five and letting in six at the other end in town on Saturday.

TOM SAID…

With one of the standout defensive fixtures of the round, I’m doubling up on Burnley via Nick Pope and Matthew Lowton. The Clarets have now won three of their last four matches at Turf Moor, keeping two clean sheets, while of late their opponents Fulham have struggled in front of goal.

Andrew Robertson is my first-choice defender based on his potential for points at both ends of the pitch. In the absence of key centre-halves, Liverpool’s backline can sometimes look vulnerable, but it’s worth noting no team has conceded fewer shots than the Reds in their last four matches. The defensive data also tells us that Southampton have given up 17 chances from their right flank since Gameweek 13, compared to just four from their left.

I’m also backing Wolverhampton Wanderers’ Romain Saïss. Since returning to the starting XI in Gameweek 12, the Moroccan international sits top amongst defenders for shots in the box and headed attempts. That aerial ability could be key too, given Brighton and Hove Albion’s ongoing issues defending set-pieces.

They’re joined at the back by goalkeepers Vicente Guaita and Bernd Leno, plus defenders James Justin and Michael Keane.

Further forward, heavy-hitters Bruno Fernandes, Mohamed Salah, Son Heung-min, Harry Kane and Jamie Vardy all look like excellent options for Gameweek 17, so I’ll dedicate a bit more time to some of my other picks.

Back-to-back wins for Arsenal has seen several intriguing budget options emerge, none more so than Bukayo Saka. His inclusion in Spot the Differential a few weeks back may have raised a few eyebrows at the time, but he’s been key to their turnaround since, collecting 19 FPL points since moving to the right flank.

Wilfried Zaha has impressed too. Following his goal in Gameweek 16, he now has eight from 14 appearances since Roy Hodgson moved him into a free role as a second striker. His numbers suggest there is more to come, as he ranks among the top 10 midfielders for shots, attempts in the box, big chances and penalty area touches.

Elsewhere, I’m keeping faith with Chris Wood. The forward has scored just three goals from an expected goals (xG) total of 6.24 so far, making him one of the top xG under-performers in the division. However, the fact he’s getting into good shooting positions in the box is encouraging, and I’m backing him to return on Sunday.

The forward list is completed by Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Anthony Martial.

ANDY SAID…

Even with two wins on the bounce, I’m not sure I fully trust Arsenal yet – but I do tend to trust any team that is playing West Brom. Fresh from a 5-0 battering by Leeds in Gameweek 16, it won’t get any easier for Sam Allardyce’s men this week. I’ve opted for both Bernd Leno and Hector Bellerin against a team with just 8.78 expected goals (xG) this season, a full 5.42 less than the second-worst side, Burnley. That works out at 0.55 xG per game for the Baggies, which is truly awful.

I know you probably stopped reading once you saw Christian Benteke in the squad but hear me out. Sheffield United still haven’t kept a clean sheet all season and Benteke has an xG of 2.18 over the last six Gameweeks – that’s the sixth-highest among forwards. Over those Gameweeks, he’s played Tottenham Hotspur, Aston Villa and Leicester, while missing the Liverpool game. There have been returns in the easier fixtures against West Brom and West Ham and it doesn’t get much easier than Sheffield United at the moment.

While Gameweek 16 might have given us postponements, it also gave the chance for some players to get some rest after a hectic festive period. All of Jamie VardyHarry KaneSon Heung-min and Dominic Calvert-Lewin played limited or no minutes and now face Newcastle, Leeds and West Ham respectively, who are all among the bottom seven teams for expected goals conceded so far this season.

Over the last six Gameweeks, Ben Mee has had five shots inside the box – only four defenders have recorded more. Burnley face a Fulham side that have only scored two goals in their last five matches, with the Clarets keeping three clean sheets over the same period. There could be joy at both ends of the pitch for Mee, with Nick Pope also looking to return points for the fourth time in six Gameweeks.

THE COMMUNITY CHAMPION

Each week, one of the Fantasy Football Scout community takes on the Scout Picks by pitting their chosen XI against ours.

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In Gameweek 16, Forever In Our Shadow defeated us 68-55. That means the Scouts and the community are tied on eight wins apiece over the course of 2020/21.

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  1. Sun Jihai
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 26 days ago

    Anyone know what Steffen is like as a GK? Don't know anything about him, wondering if it lessens City's CS prospects a bit if Ederson is indeed out with COVID

    1. Sco
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      I didn't see the game but he got a clean sheet v Marseille in the UCL a few weeks ago. I think regardless of GK they will always have high CS potential due to dominating possession and having good CB's like Dias.

    2. The Count of Monte Cristo
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Will definitely lessen City's CS potential by some amount, not sure how much.

      Doubt he will be as good as picking long-range balls as Ederson too.

    3. jdp219
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      American here. He'll get some saves, maybe even nab a CS, but he does lessen that potential a tad. And he's not nearly as good at distribution.

      Honestly not sure if this would be his PL debut, for whatever that's worth.

  2. Atwood
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 26 days ago

    Just realised. If I'm going to FH next game week, it's worth using a transfer right now for the game week after surely? Since I can't hold 2FT's and use FH.

    1. Ruinenlust
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Yes

    2. WE GO FOR IT
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Yeah. Better to make all your transfers this week. But don't feel compiled to. If you are happy with your team, don't make transfers just to make. Sometimes, doing nothing is the best thing you can do.

      1. Atwood
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Yeah. Think that's what I'm going to do. Even though I currently have 0 City players...

  3. yanky
    • 11 Years
    1 month, 26 days ago

    how does this sound? FH18 BB19 so need to make a transfer this week or I lose it...

    gw17- James Justin > Reece James (bench James and play Adams vs LIV) and hope James is fit for chelseas dgwk19
    gw18- FH
    gw19- Son > KDB

    1. COVID-CASUAL
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Justin to James seems sideways at best.

        I traded Justin to Taylor and now Taylor to Holding. I still have James. I know with hindsight I’d have kept Justin not James

        1. yanky
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          i hear u— right now i agree but im risking that in 2 wks time when I need him ill have chelsea def coverage for great run of fixtures including dgwk and not have to bring in for a hit or wait. so much uncertainty this season so it’sa tough idea to sell but debating the risk/reward..

    2. Sco
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Bottomed

      Martinez
      Justin Dias Taylor*
      Salah Son Bruno Grealish Pulisic
      Kane Bamford

      Steer, Dallas, Mitchell, Brewster

      A) Pulisic & Son > Raphinha & KDB
      B) Pulisic & Taylor > Harrison & TAA

      1. Gandalf
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        A - will be better for the DGW

        1. Sco
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Thanks. Just worried Son could haul v Leeds but yeah, KDB's DGW fixtures are tasty!

      2. The Count of Monte Cristo
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        I don't like getting rid of Son this week but KDB will outscore him in 18 & 19 so I guess it will be worth it in that respect.

        1. Sco
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Yeah that's my thoughts too.

    3. Ruinenlust
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      For DGW19, Lowton or Taggett?

      1. Gandalf
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Neither ideal, guessing restricted by budget?

        1. Ruinenlust
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Yes 4.6 max. Already have Coufal and Dallas.

      2. Sco
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Toss a coin. Both got tough fixtures.

      3. Tonyawesome69 WC,FH,TC left
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Targett on 4YCs

      4. Tonyawesome69 WC,FH,TC left
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        I'm considering Stephens to cover SOU CS. Should be OK as Vestergaard is out for at least 4 weeks. Tough DGW fixture though

      5. Sloane426
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Balbuena

      6. Must.Go.Faster.
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Target Targett and hope he targets for that 5 yellow this weekend.

      7. The Count of Monte Cristo
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Happy New Year, all.

        FH18 and BB19 my only option now I think. 0.3m ITB and thinking of Taylor ==> Balbuena / Holding (FT)

        McCarthy
        R. Dias -- Justin -- Dier
        Salah -- Fernandes -- Son -- Raphinha
        Kane -- Bamford -- Adams

        Meslier -- Adams -- Taylor** -- Coufal [1FT + 0.3m ITB]

        1. Baps hunter
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          BB is not "a must'.

          1. The Count of Monte Cristo
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            True, if injuries/rotation/fixture cancellations look very much on the cards I might just go with a regular XI in DGW19.

        2. Tonyawesome69 WC,FH,TC left
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Balbuena but there are some chat that he might not be as nailed due to dawsons MOTM

          1. The Count of Monte Cristo
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            Thanks, also having 2x WHM defenders may be a bad idea if one of their matches gets postponed. Maybe goign with Holding is spreading the risk a bit.

            1. Tonyawesome69 WC,FH,TC left
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 26 days ago

              Does it matter about doubling up? You already have 2 players from others team and Spurs triple up!

        3. The Count of Monte Cristo
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          The Adams on the bench is actually a Soucek, ha.

      8. Bleh
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        I know forward planning isn’t the best idea right now but how do these teams look for the next few gameweeks? Not planning on using any chips.

        GW18
        Martinez
        Dias, Stones, Holding
        KDB, Bruno
        DCL, Kane

        GW19 (-4)
        Martinez
        Dias, Stones, Dallas, Cresswell
        KDB, Bruno, Salah, Soucek
        Bamford, Vardy

        1. Baps hunter
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          G2G

          1. Baps hunter
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            Creswell to MU def not possible?

            1. Bleh
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 26 days ago

              Thanks - it’s possible but would cost me a hit and none of their defenders really stands out. WHU’s fixtures over the DGW look better too.

      9. Esalman
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Best replacement of Wilson under 9.0?
        A. Adams
        B. Martial
        C. Giroud
        D. Antonio

        1. Sco
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Ings?

        2. PM
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          B, especially with Cavani suspended

          1. Tonyawesome69 WC,FH,TC left
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            Only suspended for 1 league game and 2 Cup games. Martial is still a rotation risk after 17

        3. Bleh
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Can’t ignore Giroud’s form at the moment, but rotation with Tammy and Werner always a risk. I’d maybe take a punt on Martial. Adams the safe option but awful fixtures.

        4. dunas_dog
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          B

      10. PM
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        quick poll

        1. El Ghazi, Rodrigo; or

        2. Raphina, C Wood

        1. Sco
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          2.

        2. dunas_dog
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          1

        3. Must.Go.Faster.
            1 month, 26 days ago

            1, although i reeeeaaaallllly don't like El Ghazi for never passing to Watkins.

          • El Presidente
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 26 days ago

            1 and not even close

          • The Count of Monte Cristo
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            1

            1. PM
              • 11 Years
              1 month, 26 days ago

              Thanks for the responses -- good luck this GW

        4. FDMS All Starz
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Who would you bring in for gw17 & gw19+? (Playing FH gw18)

          A) Watkins
          MUN (A), EVE (H), MCI (A)...

          B) Antonio
          EVE (A), BUR (H), WBA (H)...

          C) Wood
          FUL (H), WHU (A), LIV (A)...

          1. PM
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            A

        5. It’s gonna Ben Mee
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Very sad that MF Doom no longer walks amongst us. However: Happy New Year FFS and the FPL community. I hope we all can hang out with our friends in stadiums and bars in 2021!

          Peace!

        6. Muscout
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 26 days ago

          A) Top DGW19 Mid under £8M?
          B) Top DGW19 Def under £5.6M? Have McCarthy, Chilwell, Cancelo and Coufal

          1. dunas_dog
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            Grealish Dias

        7. Big Hippo
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Best def up to 5.3 for 1 week only... Go!

          Current thinking is Bellerin, Mee or Justin.

          1. dunas_dog
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            Justin

          2. The Count of Monte Cristo
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            I like B and J there. PVA an option?

            1. The Count of Monte Cristo
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 26 days ago

              Sorry he's 5.4

          3. Sco
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            Bellerin yeah. Although I personally prefer Tierney. I think he puts in more dangerous crosses and would have a lot more assists if Laca could finish.

        8. Sloane426
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Ings or Firmino in GW19 for the double? Will be downgrading Kane to afford Son>De Bruyne

          1. dunas_dog
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            Ings

        9. luk46
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          would you bb with something like Johnstone KWP Coufal Bissouma? I planned for it, but not sure if its worth it, especially with games potentially postponed...

          1. COVID-CASUAL
              1 month, 26 days ago

              Not sure when you’d get a better BB opp?

              1. luk46
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 26 days ago

                ye true, wish I could stretch to Soucek or someone, but dont wanna lose Grealish and take more hits... might as well just play it

          2. Gun gun
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            Just thinking barnes or neto better pick?

            1. Sco
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 26 days ago

              Neto imo.

            2. Bleh
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 26 days ago

              Neto

            3. SuperXstyle
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              1 month, 26 days ago

              Barnes is on fire.

          3. Sco
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            If you could only have one, who would you choose; KDB or TAA?

            1. Gandalf
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              1 month, 26 days ago

              For the DGW KDB, will have had a bit of a break and strikers hopefully back by then.

            2. SuperXstyle
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              1 month, 26 days ago

              I missed out on Cancelo as price went up.
              So now... I am thinking of Dias, same price as Cancelo, and that means Sterling instead of KDB. A massive differential. He has more points already than KDB and seems to be the forgotten man. In form too, rating of 7.2.

              I was thinking of TAA before, but need City players for their run in.

              1. SuperXstyle
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                1 month, 26 days ago

                I will keep Dallas and sell Coufal for Dias.

              2. Sco
                • 7 Years
                1 month, 26 days ago

                Yeah Sterling could be good. Problem for me is I had him earlier in the season and he was so frustrating so I'm reluctant to go back lol.

                1. SuperXstyle
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  1 month, 26 days ago

                  I had Son from the start, did nothing, sods law comes into form ever since. So lucky I did get him in again. I also had Bamford pre curtain opener, but due to stubbornness didn't get him in until last week. Don't let stubbornness get in the way. Form is everything.

            3. SuperXstyle
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              1 month, 26 days ago

              TAA also holding back a little due to an inexperienced RCB.

          4. Mooster
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            Zouma+Chilwell to Alex-Arnold and Struijk??

            1. Sco
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 26 days ago

              Hmm. I don't think so although I love the TAA shout.

          5. Aubaaaaa
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            Bench one:
            A. Coufal
            B. Stones (have Dias)
            C. Che Adams

            1. Bleh
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 26 days ago

              Coufal

          6. Original - Wolves Ay We
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            So which players are you having from Man City v Villa in the DGW 19?

            1. Bleh
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 26 days ago

              Already have Dias, Stones and Martinez. Will probably add KDB too.

            2. Sco
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 26 days ago

              Dias, Martinez, Grealish and possibly KDB and Stones.

              1. Phil's Stamps
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                1 month, 26 days ago

                This plus Watkins

            3. RWB_1991
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              1 month, 26 days ago

              What if you make 1 change then free hit? Is that a way to get round not being able to carry over 2 free transfers?

              1. Keeptrying
                • 7 Years
                1 month, 26 days ago

                No. Team will revert back to the previous week's team.

          7. RWB_1991
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            1 month, 26 days ago

            So I’m wildcarding gw17.

            Free hit gw18.

            Then bench boost gw19.

            If I free hit gw18, do I get 2 free subs for gw19 or am I best to make 1 change in gw18 then free hit straight after?

            1. TorresMagic™
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • Has Moderation Rights
              • 11 Years
              1 month, 26 days ago

              Only 1

              1. TorresMagic™
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
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                • 11 Years
                1 month, 26 days ago

                You get your WC team back in 19.

              2. RWB_1991
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                1 month, 26 days ago

                What I don’t get is that if I didn’t free hit I’d have 1 ft gw18 and 1 ft gw19. Can I make the ft gw18, then free hit, then make other ft in gw19?

                1. Viper
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 11 Years
                  1 month, 26 days ago

                  No. Use or lose your transfers this week if free hitting next week

            2. Keeptrying
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 26 days ago

              You will only have 1FT the GW after the Free Hit.

              Making one transfer in GW18 before then Free Hit same GW18 will void the transfer in the sense that it won't stick. Your team in GW 19 will be the GW17 team.

              1. RWB_1991
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                1 month, 26 days ago

                Ah right so the free hit basically overrules any free transfers you’ve made in that week. I think I get it now lol

                1. Keeptrying
                  • 7 Years
                  1 month, 26 days ago

                  🙂

          8. sandman58
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            Ederson (Man City) in self-isolation

          9. JasonG123
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            Which cheap forward (noting that I'm FHing in GW18 and already own Bamford):

            (A) Watkins
            (B) Che Adams
            (C) Rodrigo
            (D) Antonio

            1. Sco
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 26 days ago

              D has the highest ceiling imo.

          10. Gun gun
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            Jwp and lamptey to saiss and barnes for -4?

            1. Sco
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 26 days ago

              Any reason why Saiss?

              1. Gun gun
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 26 days ago

                Because he had 3 superb chances for his last game and the previous game he scored. Dont you think a good punt?

                1. Gun gun
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 26 days ago

                  Hit the post!

                2. COVID-CASUAL
                    1 month, 26 days ago

                    He’s a great shout if he’s got JS.

                    One of my best transfers last season, and really hated not having him from GW1 this season

                    1. Gun gun
                      • 4 Years
                      1 month, 26 days ago

                      Js? Whats that?

                  • Sco
                    • 7 Years
                    1 month, 26 days ago

                    Yeah he's a good option with nice fixtures. I just don't see many people talk about him any more I guess.

                    1. Gun gun
                      • 4 Years
                      1 month, 26 days ago

                      But the thing is -4 for defender isit crazy?

            2. pakornk
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 26 days ago

              1.Watkins and KDB

              Or

              2. Vardy and Grealish

              1. Must.Go.Faster.
                  1 month, 26 days ago

                  1'ish

                • SuperXstyle
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  1 month, 26 days ago

                  1

              2. COVID-CASUAL
                  1 month, 26 days ago

                  You can’t make 1 FT in a FH week. it’ll go back to your WC team for GW19. Where you will have 1 FT

                  1. COVID-CASUAL
                      1 month, 26 days ago

                      That was a reply fail, to that same question asked roughly 318847379292&7483984 times the last few weeks

                  2. Fudgy
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 1 Year
                    1 month, 26 days ago

                    Is the inclusion of Son, Kane, Maguire and Dias worth a FH is the question

                    1. Deulofail
                      • 5 Years
                      1 month, 26 days ago

                      I don't understand the question

                    2. Sanchit
                      • 5 Years
                      1 month, 25 days ago

                      I'd rather get 2 for a -4.
                      And then revert for -4.

                      Free hit Def more valuable than 8 points

                  3. Ajaxeeding
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 2 Years
                    1 month, 26 days ago

                    Repost...
                    Any one have any insight Into whether Stuijk (LEE) will likely start the next few game weeks?

                    1. TorresMagic™
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
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                      • 11 Years
                      1 month, 26 days ago

                      Whilst Cooper is out, more likely.

                      1. Ajaxeeding
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 2 Years
                        1 month, 26 days ago

                        Thank you for your feedback

                    2. COVID-CASUAL
                        1 month, 26 days ago

                        He’s the 4th/5th choice CB at best - depends on timeframes for Koch, Cooper and the 3rd one whose name currently escapes me.

                    3. Viper
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 11 Years
                      1 month, 26 days ago

                      Mccarthy Johnstone

                      Robertson Coufal Dallas Justin Lowton

                      Salah Fernandes Son Raphinha Soucek

                      Kane Bamford Adams

                      FH next week so use it or lose it.

                      A. Kane -> Vardy (Vardy could match Kane & means 1 less transfer in 19)

                      B. Adams -> Watkins (Probably sideways but looks a better pick)

                      1. TorresMagic™
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
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                        • 11 Years
                        1 month, 26 days ago

                        Both 😛

                      2. TorresMagic™
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • Has Moderation Rights
                        • 11 Years
                        1 month, 26 days ago

                        Tricky one though, B would look better with no FH.

                    4. Deulofail
                      • 5 Years
                      1 month, 26 days ago

                      Happy new year to all except those in the top 100k

                      1. Must.Go.Faster.
                          1 month, 26 days ago

                          I accept

                        • Viper
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 11 Years
                          1 month, 26 days ago

                          🙁