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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.

The community member who beats our picks by the biggest margin over the campaign will win a £100 Amazon Voucher and a place in our Moderators and Contributors League for the following season.

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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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2,788 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Freshy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    3 months, 10 days ago

    Next 4 for Arsenal
    WBA CRY NEW SOU

    looks good so they are certain to fail.......right?

    1. Bleh
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Indeed as I just brought Holding in.

    2. Mr. O'Connell
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Rule number one: no arsenal.

  2. TorresMagic™
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • Has Moderation Rights
    • 11 Years
    3 months, 10 days ago

    Early thoughts on this bunch?

    Martínez (Forster)
    Taylor, Dallas, Robertson, Coufal, Mitchell
    Grealish, Salah, Son, Fernandes, Soucek
    Kane, Adams, Bamford

    1 FT, 0.1 in bank

    Option 1: save FT, take hits in BGW18 (-8 or more), maybe TC/BB depending on team in GW19

    Option 2: use transfer, FH18, maybe TC/BB depending on team in GW19

    Option 3: something else

    Cheers

    1. Viper
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Adams -> Watkins.

      Helps you towards either strategy. Villa putting up some of the best attacking numbers in the league

      1. TorresMagic™
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
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        • 11 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        True, that's one option for sure.

      2. Viper
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        Have you just provided clarity for me here!? 😆

        1. TorresMagic™
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          • 11 Years
          3 months, 10 days ago

          No, because you are 100% FH.

          1. Viper
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            3 months, 10 days ago

            Yeah, Selling Kane would force you into a free hit.

            I think Watkins is a good option for either strategy and keeps your options open

            1. TorresMagic™
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
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              • 11 Years
              3 months, 10 days ago

              Couldn't sell Kane before Leeds, only got him last GW for a hit.

    2. Bleh
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Save FT (team looks in good shape) and decide chip strategy next week.

      1. TorresMagic™
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
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        • 11 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        Lose FT if FH the only issue with that.

        1. Bleh
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 10 days ago

          True. I would probably try and save FH as you already have 5/6 for GW18. 7/8 is more than enough in my opinion, nothing a hit or two couldn’t sort. Chip could be invaluable later on.

          1. TorresMagic™
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
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            • 11 Years
            3 months, 10 days ago

            Yeah, the intro of Bruno makes it interesting.

    3. Sanchit
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Option 1 :Save and get city players next week for the one's who blank. I think you should target City players. Their schedule from 18-22 looks great!

      1. TorresMagic™
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
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        • 11 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        Yeah, that's the main reason as I'll want some City in 19 for the future.
        FH gives variety vs pretty limited team cover.

    4. dmcqt
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Taylor and Mitchell can be improved. Pieters and Holding are possible replacements. Possibly even another West Ham defender. Your transfer choice this week will make a difference for whether it is better to BB or TC in GW19. Forster is potentially a problem for BB too. I'd go with option 2 and consider TC on Aguero (after swapping in for Kane).

      1. TorresMagic™
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
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        • 11 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        Easier to call it as 5 players in 18, Grealish could easily get a yc which would make FH more likely.

        1. PogBruno
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 10 days ago

          Which GW will the YCs Wipeout?

          1. TorresMagic™
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            • 11 Years
            3 months, 10 days ago

            After 19 team games.

        2. dmcqt
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 10 days ago

          I just sold Grealish. I don't feel great about him for the next few gws.

    5. TorresMagic™
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      • 11 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Cheers all, wish I had a bit more BG18 cover to make it easier.

    6. cruzex
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      No city players to dgw?

      1. cruzex
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        I think you need a wc

  3. Jdpz
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 10 days ago

    Use Free hit in gw 18 if i have 8 starters?

    1. Bleh
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      8 starters here too and I’m saving.

    2. Viper
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Depends who the 8 are but generally speaking if I had 8, I wouldn't wildcard

    3. UNDERWORLD7
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      8 starters here but with no FH my choice is simple. Happy with 8 anyway and have the main big names where points will likely be scored.

    4. JasonG123
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      I have 8 but that includes Kilman, Bissouma and Brewster. I can get it up to 9 with a FH but I would only have Bruno from United and no Spurs so I'm leaning towards FHing atm.

    5. Homer21
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      I'd save

  4. PogBruno
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 10 days ago

    Which defender would you get that has three games in 18 and 19? (Other than Dias?

    1. PogBruno
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Who is not Dias, Coufal and Dallas 🙂

      1. Atletico Junior
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        Dallas has 3 games?

    2. TorresMagic™
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      • 11 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Maguire? Another City?

      1. PogBruno
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        Only Stones look like nailed other than Dias?

        1. TorresMagic™
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          • 11 Years
          3 months, 10 days ago

          Wouldn't bet on Stones playing close games together. Too valuable to Pep.

    3. Viper
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Whisper it, but Maguire could be worth a shout

    4. Sco
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Hmm. Tough because most of the good ones are blanking in 18. Maguire I guess?

  5. JasonG123
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 10 days ago

    Is it too much of a risk to bring in Antonio this week?

    I am FHing in GW18 and have Coufal (eve) to come on if he doesn't play this week, so really just need him ready to go for GW19.

    1. TorresMagic™
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      • 11 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Moyes could easily save him in one of the DGW games.

      1. JasonG123
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        Maybe - seems like if he's fit he would start given West Ham have been struggling for goals. There is quite a long rest before GW19.

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

    Where are the Burnley Fulham news?!?

    1. TorresMagic™
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      • 11 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Sunday game so after deadline probably.

  7. Gun gun
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 10 days ago

    Finally done jwp to barnes. Gdluck to me!

  8. Silent Friend
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 10 days ago

    News on Taylor? How long is he out??

    1. Sco
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Don't think we've heard news on how long he is out. Dyche said he pulled his hamstring though so gonna be a few weeks minimum I would imagine?

      1. PogBruno
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        There goes my BB

  9. Soto Ayam
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 10 days ago

    Which Chelsea player would you transfer?

    A. Zouma
    B. Chillwell

    ?

    Thanks

    1. Sco
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      A

    2. PM
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      A

    3. Soto Ayam
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Thank you, and happy new year to all.

  10. Tiki-Taka
    • 10 Years
    3 months, 10 days ago

    There any sources which are confident of Mitchell starting again?

    1. TorresMagic™
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Expect he won't.

    2. Sun Jihai
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      No. 50/50 IMO. PVAs defensive weaknesses not as problematic when playing Sheff Utd.

    3. Tiki-Taka
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      hmm thanks guys, not sure if it's worth the risk then - scared of a 10 min cameo for 1 point

      1. Sun Jihai
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        Tbf he's not come on for a cameo once this season
        So I would start him

  11. Gun gun
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 10 days ago

    Mahrez owner keeping or selling?
    Chances of him starting vs chelsea?

    1. Big_Andy_GAWA
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Had to keep due to Matip / Taylor issues. Had planned to get Zaha in for him, but keeping for now.

      I'd say 65-70% chance of a start...

    2. The Knights Template
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Seriously? Who knows?

  12. Nabs Kebabs
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 10 days ago

    Good to save here?

    Martinez
    Dias Justin Coufal
    Salah KDB Bruno(vc) Soucek Saka
    Kane(c) Bamford

    Ryan Ayling Watkins Targett

    1FT, 0.0m

    1. TorresMagic™
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      • 11 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Chip plan?

      1. Nabs Kebabs
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        saving for later

        1. TorresMagic™
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          • 11 Years
          3 months, 10 days ago

          Saving works then.

  13. Alisson WondHaaland
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 10 days ago

    Happy new year all. My final decision has been boiled down to 3 options

    A) Save free hit and bench boost. Field 8 in 18, have a solid 11 doublers in 19 and potentially TC KDB. No hits taken but could take one to field 9 in 18

    + Save chips for future DGW/BGW and use them with 2nd WC
    + Option to Triple Captain KDB
    - Easily has the lowest points potential of the 3 options
    - Have to plan in the future with Bench boost in mind

    B) Free hit 18. Have 15 doublers in 19 for a bench boost. Vardy Harrison Bowen are part of the team. 1 hit taken

    + Probably has the highest points potential up to the DGW
    + Get a solid bench boost and not have to think about it for the rest of the season
    - No KDB or City players and will have to go without from GW 20 onwards unless I take another hit
    - Leaves a lot of money spread on the bench which could be annoying after the DGW

    C) Same as B but instead of the above trio have Rodrigo KDB Bissouma giving me 14 doublers. 1 hit taken

    + Bench boost and KDB for DGW, best of both A & B
    + Sets me up nicely for GW 20 onwards with minimal money in the bench and KDB already in the team
    - Weak bench, cant expect much from the Bench boost
    - Basically relying on KDB to do well even though City look out of form attack wise

  14. UNDERWORLD7
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 10 days ago

    Happy 2021 people!

    For the second time this season I’m considering burning a FT!

    Martinez
    Robertson - Dallas - Dias
    Raphinha - KDB - Salah - Son - Bruno
    DCL - Bamford
    _______________________________
    Forster: Brewster: Mitchell: Dunne

    2 FT’s, 0.6 ITB

    A bit flummoxed really where I could put at least one transfer to use?

    Maybe Mitchell/Dunne > Holding?
    If doing this, would you bench Dallas and play Holding?

    Many thanks chaps

    1. UNDERWORLD7
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      No FH available by the way and happy with how many I have for the blank I guess anyway, best prepping best I can for DGW 19.

  15. fcsaltyballs
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 10 days ago

    Best replacement for Grealish to free up funds for Son >> KDB in DGW19 (have Soucek):

    1. El Ghazi
    2. Harrison
    3. Raphinha

    Cheers

    1. Nabs Kebabs
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      I'm a big fan of El Ghazi but immediate fixtures aren't the best.

      Short term: Raphinha
      Long term: El Ghazi

    2. The Knights Template
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      3

  16. LLoris
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 10 days ago

    GW 18 Options
    A) FH
    B) Play 7 players (Pope Dias ElGhazi Bruno Son Kane Watkins)

    1. UNDERWORLD7
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      B imo

  17. Sanchit
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 10 days ago

    Cancelo news? Some articles say he has Covid, some say Ederson has it and Cancelo didn't.

    1. Sco
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      That Sam Lee guy who covers City for The Athletic says he thinks Cancelo is OK. That's about the only news we've had so take it with a pinch of salt I guess.

  18. Sco
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 10 days ago

    Need one last piece of advice here guys if possible cheers.

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

    Steer, Dallas, Mitchell, Brewster

    This week: Pulisic & Taylor > Harrison & who? I need to leave enough ITB to get KDB in a couple of weeks so anyone 4.9 or below. I'm thinking Coufal who is 4.7 which is ideal as it would leave wriggle room ITB in case KDB goes up in price? If I get a 4.9 (Stones), I'd be priced out of KDB if he goes up.

    Next week: FH

    GW19: Son > KDB

  19. Original - Wolves Ay We
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 10 days ago

    Which 2 of these 3 would you have for DGW 19?

    A) Dallas
    B) Raphina
    C) Soucek

    1. Sco
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      AB

    2. The Knights Template
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      BC

    3. UNDERWORLD7
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      AB

    4. Must.Go.Faster.
        3 months, 10 days ago

        AC and DC if D was an option and if C could be two options (say what?!?!)

    5. ClaireT
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Is it worth removing one of Taylor, James or Watkins for -4?

      Martinez, Fabianksi
      Coufal, Dallas, James, Taylor, KWP
      Raphinha, Bruno, Salah, Rashford, Bissouma
      Watkins, Vardy, Bamford

      Have 2.4 itb

      1. Sco
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        James > TAA/Robbo?

        Or Taylor > Dias?

        1. ClaireT
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 10 days ago

          Thank you - which of the moves would you say would be most worth a -4?

          1. Bushwhacker
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 10 days ago

            Dias plays GW18

            1. Sco
              • 7 Years
              3 months, 10 days ago

              Yeah that shifts it in his favour imo. Nice fixture in 18 too.

              1. ClaireT
                • 11 Years
                3 months, 10 days ago

                Thank you 🙂

      2. ClaireT
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        Last question guys - which start Martinez or Fabianski this week?

        Also, which 3 to bench, currently on KWP, Bissouma and James

    6. baines is god
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Martinez 4.0
      Targett Justin Cancelo Holding Dier
      KDB Mahrez Son Gros Zaha
      DCL Kane Bamford

      0 ft 0.1 ITB, how to get in Bruno for gw18 and double gw19

      1. Sco
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        Son > Raphinha/Harrison
        Mahrez > Bruno

        Does that add up?

    7. PogBruno
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Tierney or Bellerin for next two weeks?

      Dallas had lot of joy on the right against WBA, so should that tilt towards Bellerin? Or with his injury record, could he be rested?

      1. Bushwhacker
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 10 days ago

        Not sure I’d touch an Arsenal player myself ; but toss up. Bellerin more likely to be booked.

        1. PogBruno
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 10 days ago

          Looking for a defender for next two GWs alone and Arsenal looks to have the best fixtures 🙂

          1. Sco
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 10 days ago

            Tierney IMO. Better delivery and less of a yellow card risk.

            Really not much in it though.

            1. PogBruno
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 10 days ago

              Would you recommend any other defender for next two weeks?

              1. Sco
                • 7 Years
                3 months, 10 days ago

                Not really, I'm like you in that I like Arsenal's short term fixtures.

      2. El Fenomeno R9
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        Maguire?
        Can see one header in next 2

    8. GREEN JUMPERS
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Sure this has been asked already, but who to captain:

      Son (LEE)
      Bruno (AVL)

      1. PogBruno
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        Son

        Both will get plenty of space to operate though

      2. Sco
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        I'm still undecided myself. What's your gut saying?

        1. GREEN JUMPERS
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          3 months, 10 days ago

          Gut says Son, head says Bruno more reliable overall

    9. Brosstan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      If the POS game FPL cant tell us is the BUR - FUL game is going ahead or not then we might as well cancel this shite game altogether

      1. Sco
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        It's two really poor teams anyway so just avoid those players and save yourself the headache.

        1. Brosstan
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 10 days ago

          I need to know if the game is going ahead or not this GW.

          Its an absolute joke, pathetic AF.. if we dont know whether the game is on or not before the deadline. No point even playing FPL if we dont now what games are being played during the GW

          1. Sco
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 10 days ago

            Yeah I do agree they should have clarified by now.

    10. Gun gun
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Any saiss buyers?

    11. El Fenomeno R9
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      ''Manchester City are planning a shock move for Tottenham striker Harry Kane.
      BILD says City are readying a £90million bid for Kane next summer.

      Manager Pep Guardiola is assessing his options in replacing long-serving star striker Sergio Aguero and is said to have the England and Spurs captain in his sights.''

      He should go before Mou put him from CDF to GK.

      No need to track back much and defend,could easy be over 30+ goals with all those chaces.

      1. Sco
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        Would love to see him play in an attacking team like that. He's far too good to stay at Spurs. Needs to be competing for trophies and playing in CL regularly.

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

        90m is nowhere close to Kane's value.

        1. El Fenomeno R9
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 10 days ago

          Agree,it will go much higher if it happens.

    12. Kane Lane
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Who do we I captain.

      A) Calvert
      B) Son
      C) Salah
      D) Mane

      Thanks

      1. Kane Lane
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        *I

      2. PogBruno
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        B

      3. Sco
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        B or C. Go with your gut.

    13. PogBruno
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      A)Bench one - Coufal or Dallas

      B) And would you put him ahead of Brewster on the bench?

      1. GREEN JUMPERS
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        3 months, 10 days ago

        Toss up. Yes.

      2. Chelsea91
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        A Coufal

    14. fcsaltyballs
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Meslier
      Chilwell Dias Justin
      Fernandes KDB Salah Grealish
      DCL Bamford Adams

      Forster Taylor Stephens Douglas

      0FT, 0.3itb

      Anything worth [-4] hit here?

      Thanks

      1. Sco
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        No looks good.

    15. Pukki Blinders
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 10 days ago

      So correct me if I’m wrong but all us FH18 should burn our transfers this week?

      1. Sco
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        Yes.