Scout Squad

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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2,788 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Alonso's Ball
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 10 days ago

    Made a mistake not transfering Matip out yesterday so I've missed the price drop, but gives me an opportunity to decide on strategy (this is a complex one!)

    McCarthy, Steer
    Matip*, Ayling, Targett, Coufal, Mitchell
    Salah, KDB, Bruno, Soucek, Bissouma
    Kane, Bamford, Adams

    In both options it's FH gw18

    A) play triple captain in gw19, and transfer Matip to Robertson (2.9m ITB) for a strong dgw first 11 (maybe use the gw19 transfer for Kane to Vardy)
    B) BB in 19 with a -8 to make 4 transfers by gw19 (Steer, Matip, Mitchell, Bissouma -> Johnstone, Dias, Lindelof, Harrison)

    1. djman102
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      IF everyone plays both, you already get (likely) 5 points back on the -8. But there are several games before that (Dias & Lindelof have Carabao semis, FA Cup, and GW 18). If you do it, I'd get Johnstone & Harrison in now (if you can afford it) and save Dias & Lindelof until 19.

      1. Alonso's Ball
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        Overthinking it here, but I just realised I can get 8 players out in 18 without using the FH (maybe take a -4/-8 depending on latest news, and save FH for either max returns in gw19 or for the potential nightmare blank 29

  2. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 10 days ago

    Which of these combos do you prefer? No chip in 18 and BB 19

    A) Maguire(4th defender)+Anguissa (8th attacker)
    B) Holding (4th defender) + Soucek (8th attacker)

    5th defender is Coufal

    1. Amey
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      How about Creswell + Soucek ??

      1. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        I need a player who plays in 18 too..

        1. Amey
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 10 days ago

          I don't like Maguire or Holding.
          Stones maybe ??

    2. aleksaa2
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      A

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

    Damn it. Salah burned me two weeks in a row. He’s gonna go off now isn’t he...

    1. Amey
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Don't think about what happened. Think about what's coming your way. Last GW almost all © flopped. No ground lost

  4. davies
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 10 days ago

    Which option?

    A) Dias Balbuena
    B) Stones James

    1. Amey
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      B

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

      A for me. More nailed

      1. Amey
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        Balbuena nailed ?
        Are you shaw ?
        Genuinely asking whether you have some intel on WHU as Dawson started last GW

        1. rambo.
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 10 days ago

          I think he along with Coufal were just rested but obv not 100% certain

          1. Amey
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 10 days ago

            Hmmm
            Can be great value for DGW

        2. Carlton_Goal
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 10 days ago

          Was most likely rested as they only had a 1 day gap between their last 2 games. Earlier in the season Moyes has shown he doesn't like to rotate so much so I think the really short gap between games was the exception this week

          1. Amey
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 10 days ago

            Ahh
            Thanks man
            Hopefully he'd start this GW vs Everton. Will get him if he does

            1. Carlton_Goal
              • 5 Years
              3 months, 10 days ago

              That sounds like a good plan, if he starts again he should be nailed for the double

    3. colby_
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Yeah, I don't think the risk of B is worth the reward. I'd go A.

  5. Inazuma X1
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 10 days ago

    What are people doing with Taylor?

    Selling or keeping?

    1. Amey
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Not sure. Is there any press before deadline ??
      I'm thinking about getting Stones

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

      I'm keeping, because I have a couple other fires to put out. If I had an extra transfer, I'd ship out Taylor, too.

    3. Bounce
        3 months, 10 days ago

        Keeping. Burnley's GW19 fixtures are on 16th and 21st January. Surely must be back in 2-3 weeks?

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

          I’m definitely selling however unsure who to transfer in. Options are Alioski, Lowton and Holding however leaning towards Alioski given his attacking threat.

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

          Hamstrings could be longer, depends on the severity. However my main concern is that Dyche is very much a form manager and thus if he has a winning formula tends to stick. If Pieters does well in Taylor’s absence then there is no guarantee Taylor comes straight back in. We saw this last season with Pieters and Taylor.

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

        Not sure... either holding him or moving him to Holding.

      • nevercaptorres
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        Play A adams vs Liverpool or B cresswell vs Everton ??

        1. rambo.
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 10 days ago

          I think Ings is back which should benefit Adams.

        2. Gemma817
            3 months, 10 days ago

            A

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

          Could use some advice on these
          Pick one for gw 19
          A. Sterling
          B. Aguero
          C. KDb
          D. Vardy

          Pick two for gw 18&19
          1. Rashford
          2. Son
          3. Kane
          4. Vardy

          Which one to get for free this gw
          E. Dallas
          F. Justin
          G. Stones

          Cheers

          1. Gemma817
              3 months, 10 days ago

              D
              2,4
              E

          2. Echoes
              3 months, 10 days ago

              Who do I start of these two?

              A: Adams
              B: Soucek

              P.S: Wish you guys a Happy New Year!

              1. Gemma817
                  3 months, 10 days ago

                  A

                • colby_
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 8 Years
                  3 months, 10 days ago

                  A. And happy new year!

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

                Is there any indication that Balbuena lost his spot or is it purely a rest over a busy period?

                1. davies
                  • 6 Years
                  3 months, 10 days ago

                  Initially a rest but Dawson got MOTM so hard to tell right now

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

                    Ah, I see.

                    1. davies
                      • 6 Years
                      3 months, 10 days ago

                      Would that change your mind in my question above mate?

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

                  I must be out of the loop. Why do you think he won't start?

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

                  I think he's played well enough this season that it will take more than one good game from Dawson to drop him. Think it was probably just a rest as they had just a 1 day gap between games

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

                Get Adams or punt on Antonio?

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

                  U got a bench that plays? Then go with the punt.

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

                Feeling lost with this team before the GW 18 and 19:

                Martinez, Nyland*
                Cresswell, Chilwell, Dallas, Holding, Mitchell
                Salah, Son, Bruno, Maddison, Burke
                Kane, Bamford, Wilson

                Initial idea was to FH 18 and build for DGW 19. Hence transferred out KDB and Grealish earlier. But now the new fixtures for City and Villa have thrown a spanner in the works.

                Thinking of WC before 18. What are others in similar situation doing with your chips?

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

                  Team looks fine.

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

                  With grealish playing in a deeper roll, u may wanna go for El-ghaze anyway. I don’t think KDB is essential maybe wait for king kun. They just not scoring enough goals.

              5. davies
                • 6 Years
                3 months, 10 days ago

                Son is going to punish sellers in GW19

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

                  Perhaps. But unless you have a lot of value tied up in him, you can't blame someone who transfers him out for Rashford (nice fixtures beyond GW19).

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

                    This

                2. L'Aeroplanino
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  3 months, 10 days ago

                  can't have everyone

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

                  Don't like the term punishing the sellers but I do think Son and Kane are maybe being overlooked because they only have 1 game but it is Sheffield United. Personally I'm keeping them both for GW19

              6. URMothersLover
                • 11 Years
                3 months, 10 days ago

                Rash or son? Son has Leeds today, rash has villa then DGW...

              7. Bounce
                  3 months, 10 days ago

                  I have 2FT and if I don't use them today I lose them when I FH18, the problem is I can't see any improvements... £0.3 ITB and BB19.

                  McCarthy, Johnstone
                  Dias, Justin, Dallas, Coufal, Taylor
                  Salah, Bruno, Son, Raphinha, Soucek
                  Kane, DCL, Bamford

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

                    Nice team. I am also FH18 and BB19.

                    Are you keeping Son for GW19, or are you planning a transfer? I have Son and might transfer to Rashford for GW17 (even though Son's fixture is better)...just in case I need to make an injury/COVID transfer in GW19.

                    If you really want to shake the tree, could do DCL --> Vardy and Son --> Grealish/Bowen. Something like that?

                    1. Bounce
                        3 months, 10 days ago

                        I'm planning to keep Son as I got him for £9.0 in GW1 and his ownership in the top 100k is 82% so it's a rank killer if he hauls.

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

                          What about Justin --> Stones, if you don't mind a bit of rotation risk? I'm struggling to come up with a second move I like.

                  2. azad
                      3 months, 10 days ago

                      martinez
                      justin mitchell zouma
                      grealish salah bruno son
                      adams bamford kane

                      subs: neto ,dallas ,dunne

                      1) gtg
                      2) play neto instead of adams?
                      3) zouma to coufal

                      1. Gemma817
                          3 months, 10 days ago

                          2

                        • URMothersLover
                          • 11 Years
                          3 months, 10 days ago

                          2, I don’t see Adam’s doing much against pool.

                      2. Zack Attack
                        • 9 Years
                        3 months, 10 days ago

                        Which 3 def to start

                        1. Zack Attack
                          • 9 Years
                          3 months, 10 days ago

                          Taylor (ful h)
                          Lowton (ful h)
                          Cresswell (eve a)
                          Dallas (tot a)
                          Dias (che a)

                          1. Gemma817
                              3 months, 10 days ago

                              Lowton
                              Dallas
                              Dias

                            • Carlton_Goal
                              • 5 Years
                              3 months, 10 days ago

                              Taylor Lowton Dias

                              Taylor probably wont play because of his injury but I'd start him just in case

                        2. Gemma817
                            3 months, 10 days ago

                            DGW 19
                            Son --> KDB
                            Justin --> Dias
                            for -4?

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

                              Keep son, his got SU in 19 may score as much as KDB even if KDB has 2 cracks at it.

                              1. Gemma817
                                  3 months, 10 days ago

                                  City's fixtures are so tempting ;.;

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

                                So no -4

                                1. Gemma817
                                    3 months, 10 days ago

                                    That way perhaps, I can keep Justin too. Upgrade Dunne to Dias

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

                                      Maybe better to double up on city defense, with the double pivot in front of the back line they good for clean sheets.

                                      1. Gemma817
                                          3 months, 10 days ago

                                          That actually puts me in a tricky situation
                                          Johnstone
                                          TAA, Dias*, Cancelo*, Dallas, Mitchel
                                          Salah, Bruno, Son, Soucek, Burke
                                          Adams, Bamford, Vardy

                                          Who else to bench with Burke and Mitchel? Dallas has good fixtures in DGW19 too

                                2. PlayUpPompey
                                  • 9 Years
                                  3 months, 10 days ago

                                  Does anyone know how long lindelof is out for?

                                3. Ziyech on the Bench
                                  • 3 Years
                                  3 months, 10 days ago

                                  Anyone wildcarding gameweek 18 and bench boosting 19?

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

                                  Have no idea what to do with 2 fts, 0.2m itb. FH in 18. Maybe TC in 19. Earlier plan was to drop kdb for vardy now not so sure. Suggestions please? Thanks.

                                  Martinez
                                  Robbo zouma Dallas
                                  Salah kdb Bruno son soucek
                                  Dcl bamford

                                  Forster coufal Brewster Taylor

                                5. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
                                  • 4 Years
                                  3 months, 10 days ago

                                  As crazy as it sounds, for my ideal plan I need to bring Holding in for a hit either this week or next week, would you just get him this week vs WBA and play him over Rodrigo?

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

                                    Play the Leeds attacker, don’t take a hit for a defender, best case u gonna get 2 after the -4 from him.

                                    Holding also one of those rear CB that has no threat from set plays.

                                    1. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
                                      • 4 Years
                                      3 months, 10 days ago

                                      True, Thing is I'll need to make the move next week anyway as I also need to get Martinez next week, so if I take a hit I can avoid one next week.

                                      Will hold if it looks like Taylor(who's going out) might be fit though

                                6. Gemma817
                                    3 months, 10 days ago

                                    Bench one
                                    A. Dallas (Spurs, A)
                                    B. Adams (Liv, H)
                                    C. Justin (New, A)
                                    D. Mitchel (SHU, H)

                                    1. Amey
                                      • 2 Years
                                      3 months, 10 days ago

                                      You won't need to make the decision 😉

                                      1. Gemma817
                                          3 months, 10 days ago

                                          😮

                                    2. Nightcrawler
                                      • 1 Year
                                      3 months, 10 days ago

                                      Just too many premium DGW players to get a decent bench for BB

                                      KDB Salah Bruno Vardy Robbo

                                      Then u have differential picks Sterling Mane TAA

                                      Add the fact most have Kane and Son atm. Will have to use transfers on selling them...

                                      1. ivantys
                                          3 months, 10 days ago

                                          Spurs getting a double in 19 would mess up most plans here. Love to see that 😛

                                      2. Purefection
                                        • 6 Years
                                        3 months, 10 days ago

                                        Do I start Podence or Adams? Or I can get in Dallas/Holding and start for a -4 hit.

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

                                          Play the wolves attacker, the transfer seem a sideways move.

                                          1. Purefection
                                            • 6 Years
                                            3 months, 10 days ago

                                            Yeah was thinking the same but just wanted to be sure. Thanks.

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

                                          I don't like a -4 with those options. Do you have a gut feeling between Podence and Adams?

                                          1. Purefection
                                            • 6 Years
                                            3 months, 10 days ago

                                            I just feel Adams won't do much against Pool

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

                                              Podence seems like a solid choice.

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

                                        Any transfer tips? Current lineup below

                                        Martinez
                                        Robbo Dias Mitchell Taylor*
                                        Salah Son Bruno Grealish
                                        DCL Bamford

                                        (Forster Mount Brewster KWP)

                                        A) Taylor to Stones
                                        B) DCL & Mount to Kane/Vardy & Martinelli (-4)
                                        C) DCL & Mount to Rashford & Watkins (-4)
                                        D) Roll FT

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

                                          A, if you don't mind a little rotation risk. I can't see Laporte staying on the bench for the remainder of the season.

                                      4. Tambling5
                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                        • 2 Years
                                        3 months, 10 days ago

                                        Hi all, all these extra fixtures have made my squad unfit for purpose. Wild-carded GW16 to this squad
                                        Fab Meslier
                                        Dier McGrath Justin Coufal Alioski
                                        Salah Bruno Son Barnes Soucek
                                        Kane Bamford Adams
                                        Had good squad for 16 (61 pts), expecting so-so 17, to Free Hit 18 and then Bench boost 19 with 12 DGW and 3Spurs away to SHU. Then a few hits with the profits to get back City Villa Chelsea as needed.
                                        These City United extra games dilute any advantage from my use of BB and FH. Can't think of a sensible strategy apart from to just carry on and hope for the best Any alternative strategy or adjustments that saves chips spring to mind?

                                      5. Roy Rovers
                                        • 6 Years
                                        3 months, 10 days ago

                                        FH18 & BB19

                                        10.3 ITB......pick 2 from these to replace Taylor & Vestergaard

                                        A - Cresswell (DGW19)
                                        B - Stones (DGW19)
                                        C - Justin (DGW19)
                                        D - Holding
                                        E - Any other

                                        Martinez Mcarthy
                                        Zouma Dallas Balbuena TAYLOR VESTERGAARD
                                        Salah Son Bruno Grealish Soucek
                                        Kane Bamford Adams

                                        1. Amey
                                          • 2 Years
                                          3 months, 10 days ago

                                          A

                                          1. Roy Rovers
                                            • 6 Years
                                            3 months, 10 days ago

                                            A with who mate

                                            1. Amey
                                              • 2 Years
                                              3 months, 10 days ago

                                              My bad.
                                              A & B easily

                                              1. Roy Rovers
                                                • 6 Years
                                                3 months, 10 days ago

                                                Cheers Amey

                                        2. Carlton_Goal
                                          • 5 Years
                                          3 months, 10 days ago

                                          A and B for me. Alioski worth throwing in the mix too but I'd still say A and B. Their fixtures are just too good

                                          1. Roy Rovers
                                            • 6 Years
                                            3 months, 10 days ago

                                            Thanks Carlton.

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

                                        With all the uncertainty with City & Covid, how we feeling about bringing Cancelo in?

                                      7. fedolefan
                                        • 6 Years
                                        3 months, 10 days ago

                                        Oh well had the exact cash and acted early to get Stones in. Rip everyone.

                                        1. Amey
                                          • 2 Years
                                          3 months, 10 days ago

                                          Dramatic much ....

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

                                          To be clear, you're telling us we're going to die if we don't have Stones? Shoot. 2021 is going to be worse than 2020.