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. ABCDEFC
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 13 days ago

    Which duo for DGW19>?
    A) Robertson and Rashford
    B) Cancelo and KDB

    1. The Gambler.
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 13 days ago

      B but find a way to get all 4

    2. Canadian Football
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 13 days ago

      b

    3. Pukkipartyy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 13 days ago

      B

  2. FDMS All Starz
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 13 days ago

    Would you do this? BB in gw19 (already have Bamford & Adams)

    Firmino & Rashford —> Kdb & 7.1M forward(who?)

    1. The 12th Man
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 13 days ago

      I’m looking to bring Rashford in for 19.

    2. Rupert The Horse
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 13 days ago

      No.

    3. Don Van Vliet
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 13 days ago

      Antonio

  3. The Gambler.
    • 11 Years
    3 months, 13 days ago

    KDB dropping in price tonight. Tasty.

    1. Original - Wolves Ay We
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 13 days ago

      May not happen now.

    2. DycheDycheBaby
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 13 days ago

      Fingers crossed

  4. Daddymac
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 13 days ago

    Sorry bottomed

    Chelsea v Man City is defo on (well as defo can be in present circumstances)

    1. Qaiss
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 13 days ago

      Yeah, if the training ground is open then it should be.

      1. Daddymac
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 13 days ago

        Ty

  5. arndff_
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 13 days ago

    A) BB:
    17: Chilwell, Bissouma > Dias, Raphinha (-4)
    19: Forster, Son > Johnstone, KdB (-4)

    B) TC:
    17: Taylor > Dias
    19: Son > KdB
    Bench: Coufal, Adams, Bissouma

  6. TimoTime
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 13 days ago

    Just saw Kane had a baby two days ago...

    Like Coufal, we concerned he doesn't start?

    1. Qaiss
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 13 days ago

      Mrs Kane definitely won't be starting against Leeds yeah

    2. Qaiss
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 13 days ago

      Coufal also started against Brighton a few days later, so will Kane.

    3. Original - Wolves Ay We
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 13 days ago

      Nope at 2 days old he's a little young.

      1. TimoTime
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 13 days ago

        Shame, could have been a nice differential

    4. Reeker
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 13 days ago

      My man swore on his daughters life that he scored a goal, he's definitely playing

      1. Qaiss
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 13 days ago

        I mentioned that the other day and someone with a Redknapp pic went nuts at me. Be careful.

    5. DycheDycheBaby
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 13 days ago

      No concern and I don't even own him. Kane will want to play no matter what.

  7. Slurpy
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 13 days ago

    Play Kilman or Adams ( playing Saiss and Robertson )

    1. tafrère
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 13 days ago

      Adams.

      Kilman won't start anyway imo.

    2. DycheDycheBaby
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 13 days ago

      Adams fo sure

  8. tafrère
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 13 days ago

    Downgrading Grealish this week to give me flexibility in DGW19 when I'll use a -4/-8. So who's the best downgrade ?

    A) Raphinha
    B) Harrison
    C) El Ghazi
    D) Soucek

    1. marcos11
        3 months, 13 days ago

        Raphinha, good gw19 too

        1. tafrère
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 13 days ago

          Cheers, he was my plan A.

      • Rupert The Horse
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 13 days ago

        All great options, but probably Raphinia.

      • JJeyy
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 13 days ago

        C

    2. HashAttack
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 13 days ago

      Don't want to take a KDB price drop and still not sure re the Chelsea match - have decided on this plan

      gw17 KDB to Rashford
      gw18 Salah to KDB
      gw19 Son to Salah

      1. Rupert The Horse
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 13 days ago

        Wouldn’t let -1 influence your decision too much.

        1. HashAttack
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 13 days ago

          watched him drop 0.2m already - If I drop him for a week he may get his mojo back

      2. Cancelo Culture
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 13 days ago

        Keep KDB if you plan to get him back

      3. Pat Bonner
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 13 days ago

        Don’t like using so many transfers on switching big hitters. Never works as planned as other transfers are needed and you end up taking hits

        1. Rupert The Horse
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 13 days ago

          Agreed

        2. HashAttack
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 13 days ago

          Nothing wrong with the odd -12 🙂 .... It's one extra transfer selling KDB this week but otherwise, the Salah sale gives me a full 11 for gw18 and the Son sale gives me another dgw player, so I would be doing those moves anyway

          Would leave me with Salah, KDB, Bruno and Rashford for gw20 onwards

          1. Pat Bonner
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 13 days ago

            Giving some context when asking a question is useful. You just asked those transfers in isolation and I gave an opinion, but think your plan looks pretty decent. Good luck

            1. Rupert The Horse
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              3 months, 13 days ago

              On the money.

    3. Cancelo Culture
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 13 days ago

      After Taylor’s injury, City back in training is a sight for sore eyes!

    4. The Overthinker
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 13 days ago

      Chances of Mitchell starting ?

      1. Daniel - When to BB?
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 13 days ago

        I think 50%. Starting him anyway

      2. Pat Bonner
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 13 days ago

        Slim I think. Presume pva will be back and was just rested last time out

        1. The Overthinker
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 13 days ago

          Ugh thanks.
          Guess I'll start him and try my luck

    5. Pat Bonner
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 13 days ago

      Might just do a -12 now ahead of BB in 19. That chip is way too much hassle! So much planning involved to get the perfect BB. Should get a decent score with this:

      Martinez fabianski
      Robbo Dallas coufal Dias Cancelo
      Kdb Bruno salah raphinha soucek
      Adams Watkins (Antonio if fit) Bamford

      1. Daniel - When to BB?
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 13 days ago

        My man. Me too. 12 pt hit and BB

        1. Pat Bonner
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 13 days ago

          My concern with waiting is having to have a strong 15 on second wc. Much rather just focus on the big hitters

      2. Rupert The Horse
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 13 days ago

        Could you not just wild card?

        1. Pat Bonner
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 13 days ago

          Is wildcard worth 12 points? Think it can be more valuable later in the season

          1. Rupert The Horse
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 13 days ago

            But you may make more moves with a wild card now, maybe not. But would you?

            1. Pat Bonner
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              3 months, 13 days ago

              No think I’m pretty happy with my team. Maybe a couple of marginal moves so don’t think wc is worth it for 4 transfers. Cheers for thoughts tho, always good to consider all options

        2. TimoTime
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 13 days ago

          I feel like later in the year you would sacrifice 12 points for a fresh WC chip

          1. Rupert The Horse
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 13 days ago

            Year ends now. 😉

    6. Daniel - When to BB?
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 13 days ago

      Lamptey to Stones tonight or wait? Stones is about to rise and I am short on cash. 0 itb for the plan

      1. Pat Bonner
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 13 days ago

        Try and wait if you can. Don’t want any late call offs again!

    7. The Overthinker
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 13 days ago

      Does anyone expects Mitchell to start?

      Have Soucek Coufal Dias on bench in that order .

      Any change required?

      1. Daniel - When to BB?
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 13 days ago

        50% imo. See above

      2. Rupert The Horse
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 13 days ago

        I’d say slim chance. He was brought in due to short turnaround.

    8. camarozz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 13 days ago

      I have 2fts and an injured Taylor.. Get rid or hold off?

      Only had him for 8mins!

      1. Babit1967
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 13 days ago

        Have 2 fts, Thinking of switching him to holding and saving the other ft as I plan not to fh until to 18 now

        1. Babit1967
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 13 days ago

          Sorry that meant 19, will assemble 9 or 10 players for 18

        2. camarozz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 13 days ago

          Why Holding? He has game on the blank but no double?

      2. Pat Bonner
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 13 days ago

        I’d get rid if you have 2ft

      3. Apwilkin
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 13 days ago

        I’m wondering the same thing... 1 FT, and planning to FH in BGW. thinking about Ben Mee... But not sure.

      4. Pukki Party
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 13 days ago

        Pretty good points per minutes for you, would keep

    9. jonnybhoy
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 13 days ago

      Do we think Spurs game will be re arranged for the double gameweek?

      1. Qaiss
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 13 days ago

        Can't be. Fulham play twice already.

      2. Rupert The Horse
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 13 days ago

        Not possible.

    10. Inazuma X1
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 13 days ago

      Any news on Charlie Taylor and Burnley v Fulham fix?

      1. manu4life99
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 13 days ago

        I think it's safe to assume he is definitely out of gw17 given its a hamstring issue but I'm also keen for information on whether he is worth keeping for dgw19 to avoid wasting a transfer

    11. JIMMY764
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 13 days ago

      Play one. Currently on A.

      A) Coufal (eve)
      B) Dallas (tot)
      C) Watkins (mun)
      D) KWP (LIV)

      1. Pat Bonner
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 13 days ago

        Would have C and B ahead of coufal

      2. marcos11
          3 months, 13 days ago

          C

        • JJeyy
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 13 days ago

          A or C

        • manu4life99
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 13 days ago

          CBAD in that order

      3. yakirh
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 13 days ago

        Dias or Cancelo for GW19 and onwards?
        Can't have both.

        1. jonnybhoy
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 13 days ago

          Dias

        2. Pat Bonner
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 13 days ago

          Both great options. Slightly more upside with Cancelo I think but Dias looks more nailed

      4. FDMS All Starz
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 13 days ago

        Rashford or Kdb for the dgw?

        1. Pat Bonner
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 13 days ago

          Kdb

        2. Rupert The Horse
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 13 days ago

          KDB.

      5. Johnny too hotty
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 13 days ago

        I have 9 playing on GW18 without a hit or a chip. I’m tempted to just go with 9 (maybe 10) and not use any chips in 18 or 19.

        I don’t think my team is well setup for a BB and maybe FH is best saved with this seasons madness. Is that a bad idea ?

        Martinez X
        Dallas dias coufal chilwell Ferguson
        Salah son Bruno grealish bissouma
        Dcl bamford Adams

        I’m a bit lost with the plan and always make a mistake this point of season. Really appreciate your thoughts ?

        1. Pukki Party
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 13 days ago

          Yeah good team to not use chips

          1. Johnny too hotty
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 13 days ago

            I’m not sure it is a good team tbh ? Maybe jsut a team that’s good to not use chips lol

        2. Babit1967
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 13 days ago

          Prob get away with it mate looking at your team, in planning free hit in 19 but the planning is all going out the window this season

          1. Johnny too hotty
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 13 days ago

            I was thinking of using FH in 19 but was worried it’s a bad decision as so many are FH in 18. FH19 could be more explosive right as we can get all the gems for DGW and others. Then we use our transfers for 20 onwards ?

        3. Who are all Lukakus
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 13 days ago

          Yes. Focus on city, united and villa players. You can have 10 bgw and 11 dgw without taking any hits.
          Can you do DCL and Ferguson to Watkins and Maguire now?

          1. Johnny too hotty
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 13 days ago

            I was going to do grealish to rashford tonight tho.... bad move ?

        4. T88MYE
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 13 days ago

          I think you’re good. I’m thinking the same, I have 2FT so can tinker between now & 18/19.

          McCarthy Steer*
          Dias, Chillwell, Dier, Dallas, Justin
          Son, KDB, Salah, Bruno, Soucek
          Watkins, Bamford, Adams

          Thoughts?

          1. Johnny too hotty
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 13 days ago

            Similar teams. I guess us not using the chips means we come out of the 18 19 period with chips in tac.

            If the chip users do well then we are positive as we have them to use.

            If they do bad we are smug as we have a trick up sleeve.

          2. Johnny too hotty
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 13 days ago

            Your team is setup better than mine and you have 2FT. Are you keeping kdb? I’m a bit lost why people are getting rid of him?

            1. T88MYE
              • 5 Years
              3 months, 13 days ago

              Yeah I’m holding KDB. Probably looking to change Chilwell & Steer for DGW players.

              I think....

      6. Pukki Party
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 13 days ago

        Best 4.5 defender? Doesnt need to have a dgw as i have 3 playing that week and not using BB, but doesn't hurt to have one spare. Bonus for a good fixture this week.

        Already own Ayling Robbo Cancelo Taylor

        A) Holding
        B) Lowton
        C) Balbuena
        D) Wba def
        E) Alioski (double up)

        1. marcos11
            3 months, 13 days ago

            Holding

          • jdp219
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 13 days ago

            C or E -- but leaning toward E with those dgw fixtures

            1. jdp219
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 13 days ago

              Correction -- leaning toward C

              1. Pukki Party
                • 3 Years
                3 months, 13 days ago

                Cheers. But is he nailed though? Was injured for one game and then rested last week.

                1. jdp219
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  3 months, 13 days ago

                  Third in minutes played for WHU defenders. And Masuaku is out. I'd guess he's nailed.
                  (emphasis on *guess*)

                  1. Pukki Party
                    • 3 Years
                    3 months, 13 days ago

                    Ok agree he's a good pick if he is nailed

        2. jdp219
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 13 days ago

          McCarthy, Forster
          Chilwell, Targett, Coufal, KWP, Kilman
          KDB, Salah, Bruno, Grealish, Soucek
          DCL, Bamford, Wilson

          2FTs, 0.3itb -- FH in gw18 -- Thanks in advance!

          1) McC, Wilson > Fabs, Dec-Reid (dgw19 prep + funds)
          2) Grealish, Wilson > Son(c), Brewster (352 + big 4 mids, but weaker bench)
          3) Grealish, KDB > Son, El Ghazi (bank funds for KDB return)
          4) Open to other ideas 🙂

        3. manu4life99
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 13 days ago

          Priority for dgw19 and beyond

          A) Vardy
          B) KDB

          I cant have both without selling Robbo, Salah or Bruno

          1. Pat Bonner
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 13 days ago

            B

          2. JabariParkersEyelid
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 13 days ago

            B. I might sell Vardy to get KDB in 19.

        4. Jrot94
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 13 days ago

          Calling all crystal palace fans. I know it’s crazy, but looking for cheap defender I can play this week and weeks after the DGW (to focus moves on other areas). Palace actually has Sheffield this week and a nice run later. Cant afford PVA, who else is nailed? Clyne? Tompkins? Appreciate the help

          1. Pukki Party
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 13 days ago

            Just checked gametime and none of them looks nailed

        5. Scots Gooner
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 13 days ago

          You know, if I'm bench boosting GW 19 (originally planned TC Salah), I just might captain Dallas.

          BHA / SOU @ home aren't the worst ever fixtures and he loves an attacking return...

        6. Shark Team
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 13 days ago

          Which trio do you prefer for the gws 17 and 19?
          A) Dias Son DCL
          B) Robbo El Ghazi Vardy (-4)

          1. Pat Bonner
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 13 days ago

            B

        7. manu4life99
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 13 days ago

          Any way to improve on this plan?

          GW17 Lamptey > Dias
          BGW18 Free Hit
          DGW19 Son > KDB

          DGW19 Team (BB chip):

          Johnstone* Martinez*
          Robbo* Coufal* Ayling* Taylor* Dias*
          Grealish* Salah* Bruno* KDB* Soucek*
          DCL Adams* Bamford*

          If Taylor is injured i could just go TC or spend 4/8pts on improving Taylor/DCL

          1. Pat Bonner
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 13 days ago

            Looks great

          2. Shark Team
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 13 days ago

            18 days are enough i think for Taylor to be ready but we will see. I think you have a great plan and you should go ahead

          3. manu4life99
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            3 months, 13 days ago

            Thanks all

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

            Wow exactly the same team except Dallas instead of Ayling
            Looking good

        8. The White Pele
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 13 days ago

          Anyone saving FH & BB for later? Would you play TC in gw19 or not?

          1. Mr. O'Connell
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 13 days ago

            Might save them all. Covid probs has the final say.

            1. The White Pele
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 13 days ago

              Cheers

        9. Brunsvigeren
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 13 days ago

          Any thoughts here? , 1,6 ITB, 1 free transfer, all chips intact

          Mcharthy
          Cancelo - Justin - Robbo - Saiss - Requilon
          Bruno - Mané - Son - Rapinha - Maddsion
          DCL - Bamford - Brewster