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. FPL_WILDCARD
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 16 days ago

    To replace Matip with DGW19 in mind...

    A) Cancelo
    B) Dias
    C) Castagne

    1. WALOR
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      I would get Dias - if I weren't worried about MCI being postponed again.
      Will probably do Justin.

  2. PP6
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 16 days ago

    Salah C this week right?

    Have Bruno Son n Kane

    1. FPL_WILDCARD
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      Actually thinking Bruno or Son myself

    2. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      Salah (sou)? Why not Kane or Son (LEE)?

      1. PP6
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 16 days ago

        Salah record is so good vs them

        1. Magic Zico
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 16 days ago

          Got trapped few times going with record recently: Kane at LEI, Bruno away record v SHU and few more. So will not decide based on record myself.

        2. Herman Toothrot
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 16 days ago

          Like Kane's Vs Leicester?

    3. NateDogsCats
        3 months, 16 days ago

        Gotta be Son or Kane IMO

      • HMC
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 16 days ago

        What’s his record vs saints. Doesn’t feel like a high scoring game to me

      • Pukki Party
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 16 days ago

        Son

    4. JollyGoodYellows
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      Guys, would really appreciate some help here. I plan not to FH 18 and maybe TC 19 but not BB. What changes would you make here? Starred players play in the blank.

      Mccarthy Martin
      Zouma Dias* Konsa* Dallas

      1. JollyGoodYellows
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 16 days ago

        Hit post too soon. Full team here

        Mccarthy Martin
        Zouma Dias* Konsa* Dallas Neco
        Salah KDB* Son* Bruno* Anguissa
        DCL* Adams Bamford

        1. SMOOTH
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 16 days ago

          try to replace non playing 18 players with utd villa or city players.

          mcarthy to martinez is one. if you have money to upgrade neco that would be another

      2. bialk
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 16 days ago

        McCarthy to Martinez

        1. JollyGoodYellows
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 16 days ago

          That's a great suggestion but I'm 0.2 short.

    5. FDMS All Starz
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      Thoughts on Watkins for the dgw?

      1. Fudgy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 16 days ago

        brilliant option

      2. WALOR
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 16 days ago

        I was going to drop him, but I have other priorities and will probably keep now that he plays twice.

      3. HMC
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 16 days ago

        Double or not he’s an average FPL player. Could really go either way.
        Maybe a case of don’t buy don’t sell

      4. DickFranDyke
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 16 days ago

        Nope..Antonio if fit

      5. yakirh
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 15 days ago

        Meh

    6. Spg76
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      GW 17 Andy Robertson or Bruno Captain?

      1. acidicleo
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 16 days ago

        Bruno

    7. jdp219
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      2FTs, 0.3itb -- FH in gw18

      1) McCarthy, Wilson > Fabs, Dec-Reid --- Fabs dgw fixtures more favorable

      2) Grealish, Wilson > Son(c), Brewster --- that's a 352 with Bruno, Salah, KDB, DCL, Bamford; but a pretty weak bench.

      3) Grealish, KDB > Son, El Ghazi --- would keep funds ITB for KDB/Son hokey-cokey later

      Looking for arguments against #2, if I'm honest.

    8. umerlfc
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      Is Chilwell - > Cancelo a decent idea?

      Would help get City defense for the double

      FH18 BB19

      Was going to burn FT ahead of FH GW before the fixtures announcement

      1. Redranger
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 16 days ago

        I’d personally prefer to have Cancelo at the moment

      2. Pépé Pig
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 15 days ago

        He's rumoured to be out with Covid (Cancelo) so I'd wait for more news.

    9. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      Bench one please:
      A. Dallas (tot)
      B. Coufal (eve)
      C. Justin (new)
      D. Stones (che)

      1. acidicleo
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 16 days ago

        D

      2. Pépé Pig
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 15 days ago

        A

      3. Kane and Ablett
          3 months, 15 days ago

          B, Everton are back

      4. seanmcging
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 16 days ago

        The more I look at GW18 with the new fixtures the more I think that a FH may be a waste & better held for later in the season. I can currently get 5 players out (6 with Burke), have 2 FT’s for GW17, therefore I think if I can get at least 1 Man Utd, Man City & Villa over the next 2 GW’s I could be set & perhaps even go for a BB in DGW19 (was planning TC on Salah).

        Have the 2 updated fixtures changed anyone else’s plans?

        1. Magic Zico
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 16 days ago

          Sounds good, may change myself from FH18 to play 8-9 out. Remain TC19, BB too many hits for me.

      5. Camzy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 16 days ago

        It's madness to buy Stones tonight, right? I need that 0.1m...

        I can end up with this if I do it for DGW19:

        Martinez Johnstone
        Zouma James Stones Coufal Dallas
        Salah KdB Fernandes Grealish Raphinha
        Ings Adams Bamford

        1. Camzy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 16 days ago

          If I don't buy Stones tonight, I'm probably gonna get Harrison instead of Raphinha. Or go for Antonio/Watkins over Ings.

          1. umerlfc
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 16 days ago

            What's the downside of buying today?
            Still a chance for fixtures to be rescheduled?

            1. Camzy
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              3 months, 16 days ago

              We don't know if Stones is one of the guys who has COVID/is self isolating... Pep has a presser tomorrow where he'll likely tell us who's available and who's not.

              1. umerlfc
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                3 months, 15 days ago

                City's GW19 fixture is in 18 days from now
                If you're only targetting GW19, then shouldn't that be fine as all affected players would have completed their isolation period?

                1. Camzy
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 10 Years
                  3 months, 15 days ago

                  I might need him this week.

          2. KAPTAIN KANE
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 16 days ago

            I’d definitely wait for at least the presser

        2. acidicleo
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 16 days ago

          Dont buy before further news.

        3. KAPTAIN KANE
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 16 days ago

          Dias/Cancelo instead of Zouma?

          1. Camzy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            3 months, 16 days ago

            I can't. I have to take x2 -4s to get that team already.

            Zouma is there to stay. James I might have to get rid as well depending on fitness.

        4. mr messi
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 16 days ago

          If you can't afford the rise get him in. Is he nailed?

          1. Camzy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            3 months, 16 days ago

            I think so yes. But I'm far from set on that lineup. I think I'll likely wait. Maybe pray Stones doesn't go up (doesn't look likely)

      6. Fudgy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 16 days ago

        Well KDB to Son went utterly horrifically. If KDB hauls in the double ill just quit tbh

        1. KAPTAIN KANE
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 16 days ago

          Get KdB back

          1. Fudgy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 16 days ago

            For Son? I was thinking Sterling and then Creswell to Dias

        2. The Knights Template
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 16 days ago

          Persistence is to character as carbon is to steel.

          1. Fudgy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 16 days ago

            Cheers

        3. Pukki Party
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 16 days ago

          Captain Son this week

      7. HMC
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 16 days ago

        With the dgw news I’m keeping Dias Kdb Grealish which means no spurs this week. Is it too risky having none vs Leeds?
        Gw20 they face Liverpool so not exactly top fixtures or form right now

      8. Slim25
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 16 days ago

        Anyone help, please?
        Looking to set up for the double gwk in 19, what option would be best? (2 ft's)
        A: Grealish, Lewis & Mitchell - Raphinha, Chilwell & Phillips
        B: Lewis, Mitchell & DCL - James, Phillips & Bamford

        Current team
        Martinez (Button)
        Stones, Ayling, Coufal (Mitchell, Lewis)
        KDB, Bruno, Salah, Grealish, Soucek
        Kane, DCL (Brewster)

      9. acidicleo
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 16 days ago

        Play 2?
        A).KWP (LIV)
        B).Dallas (tot)
        C) Coufal.(eve)
        D) Mitchell (SHU)

        Currently on C and D with B first on bench...

        1. Magic Zico
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 16 days ago

          CD, similar question above pls

        2. yakirh
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 15 days ago

          BC

      10. Sz21
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 16 days ago

        FH 18, TC 19 .
        McCarthy.
        Robbo, Stones, Dallas, Coufal.
        Salah, Son, Mane, Fernandes.
        Bamford, DCL.
        Forster, Lookman, Brewster, Ferguson.
        1ft, 0.4m ITB.

        Lookman -> Soucek this GW + maybe Son-> Rashford in 19? DCL-> Rodrigo also an option.
        Anything else standing out?

         

      11. Steve The Spud
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 16 days ago

        Best 1 week defensive punt from arsenal before gw 18 wc

        Bellerin or tierny ?

        1. yanky
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 16 days ago

          T

      12. Olson
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 16 days ago

        Theoretically 3 transfers

        Forster, Mitchell, TAA --- > Dias, Coufal, Fabianski

        increases my potential appearances from 27 to 36 across GW18/19 when I play BB and take a -4

        team would be

        Fabs (Pope)
        Dias, Stones, Dallas (Coufal, Konsa)
        Salah, Son, Bruno, Grealish (Soucek)
        Kane, Bam (Brewster)

        In a hypothetical situation where all these matches are going ahead etc, does that seem like a valid use of BB and -4?

      13. Dele
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 16 days ago

        Best defender priced 4.6? Can’t be Leeds.

        1. yanky
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 16 days ago

          targett, lowton or balbuena

        2. Redranger
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 16 days ago

          Balbuena?

      14. yanky
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 16 days ago

        no big changes needed but which would you do from below? FH18 BB19
        a) Adams > Wood
        b) Cancelo > Stones (if Cancelo covid?)
        c) waste transfer and keep Adams & Cancelo

        1. Magic Zico
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 16 days ago

          C

      15. fc_skrald
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 16 days ago

        Save the free transfer for next gw or do something!

        Martínez
        Lowton, Robertson, Taylor
        Son, Salah, Fernandes, Grealish
        Wilson, Bamford, Kane

        Button, Burke, Coufal, Douglas
        1 free transfer, 0.1 million in the bank, all chips available

      16. sandman58
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 16 days ago

        Best defender for next few gameweeks
        4.9 to spend
        Have Stones Dallas Dier & Coufal

      17. GE
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 16 days ago

        Max 4.9 def? Plan is to no FH GW18 and BB GW19.

        Have Dallas

        1. Phil's Stamps
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 16 days ago

          Stones, but be quick he's rising tonight.

      18. DV8R
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 16 days ago

        Is it crazy to do Kane to Vardy this week if it means being able to bring in a City player in GW19? I need to use a FT before I FH.

        1. Danstoke82
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 16 days ago

          Yes I think so. Leeds are all out attack so could open up a lot of chances for Kane and Son. Make the switch to Vardy in 19 is my opinion.

        2. Pukki Party
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 16 days ago

          Surely not this week

      19. MysticMac17
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 16 days ago

        Harrison or Raphinha? Doesn't seem to be much at all if anything between them and Harrison is 0.1 cheaper

        1. Danstoke82
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 16 days ago

          Raphinha seems to be the man of the moment on here

      20. Phil's Stamps
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 16 days ago

        Do you think it's worth spending a -4 to bring in a second playing keeper on a BB? In my case it will be Meslier (no other Leeds defenders). I'd want to downgrade him almost immediately after the DGW so not sure if it's worth a hit + 1FT.

        1. The Cherry Picker
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 16 days ago

          Well, if they play twice, even if they get 2 points each game, they’ll repay the hit.

      21. Parsnips
          3 months, 16 days ago

          Evening,

          Need some thoughts on what I should do here... Original plan was bb but that’s out the window.

          Martinez
          Robo Cancelo Coufal
          Salah Bruno Bowen Raphinha
          Bamford Kane DCl

          Ryan Mitchell Dallas Anguissa

          2.1ITB

          1. Phil's Stamps
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            3 months, 15 days ago

            I don't think BB is completely out the window. With a hit or two I think you can get a full bench apart from keeper maybe by GW19. I will probably do the Salah hokey kokey 18 19 to have KDB for the blank and then downgrade Kane to fund Salah gw 19. Or you could chance it without a city mid for the blank and just upgrade Mitchell to another city defender.

        • Nespinha
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 16 days ago

          Pick a trio for BB19:

          A) lookman KDB martial
          B) barnes son martial
          C) rashford son watkins

        • Danstoke82
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 16 days ago

          Which City defender? Can’t afford Dias.

          A) Stones (not nailed?)
          B) Cancelo (COVID issues?)

          1. Camzy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            3 months, 15 days ago

            Tomorrow's presser will tell. If Cancelo is fit and available, he's the one.

            1. yakirh
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 15 days ago

              Will he still be the one in DGW 19 and beyond?

        • Epicfai
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 16 days ago

          Alioski (maybe more attacking) or Ayling (maybe more nailed) for DGW19

          1. Danstoke82
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 16 days ago

            Alioski. More exciting and better chance of an attacking return. Ayling is a bit meh

        • The Cherry Picker
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 16 days ago

          Got a really tough bench headache this week. Can any legend offer some advice?

          Johnstone
          Cancelo TAA Mee Justin
          KDB Salah Bruno Raph
          DCL Bamford

          McCarthy Adams El Ghazi Coufal

          Thank you!

          1. Hybrid.power
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            3 months, 15 days ago

            Jaysus. Some bench alright. If Fulham Burnley is called off it might help you out. Why Johnstone over McCarthy? El Ghazi first sub too I think

          2. Phil's Stamps
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            3 months, 15 days ago

            Yeah, El Ghazi first sub. I'd even be tempted to play him over Raphinia given the form he's in and UTD aren't tight at the back.

          3. The Cherry Picker
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 15 days ago

            Thanks mucker! I’ll do that!