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Captain free-for-all set to re-shape top 10k FPL managers as Wildcards remain intact

Fantasy Premier League managers are set for an intriguing captaincy battle in Gameweek 17, especially those currently ranked inside the top 10,000.

At that level of the game, four different players have soaked up at least 20% support for the armband, which could lead to a weekend of significant green and red arrows.

Spurs’ meeting with Leeds is the most popular match of the weekend with the top 10k but there was also interest in Manchester United and Liverpool’s Gameweek 17 fixtures.

As you can see, Son Heung-min (£9.7m) proved to be the most fashionable Gameweek 17 captain among the top 10k in the end.

Despite attracting votes from only 19.1% of votes in the latest Fantasy Football Scout captain poll, 26.8% of 2020/21’s highest-performing managers handed him the armband for an appealing clash with Leeds.

The Whites’ last four matches have featured an average of 5.3 goals, a statistic that has evidently also influenced the 23.3% who captained Harry Kane (£11.0m).

That was marginally more than the 20.4% of Fantasy Football Scout readers who voted for the Spurs striker in our captain poll.

However, it is of particular note that the relatively routine winner of that ballot Bruno Fernandes (£11.2m) had to make do with a bronze medal in terms of support among the top 10k.

Just 21.9% of them chose the Manchester United man as their Gameweek 17 captain for a solid 10-point haul against Aston Villa

Nevertheless, Fernandes is still the most powerful asset among the top 10k for Gameweek 17, offering an effective ownership of 114.3% among the top 10k.

Mohamed Salah (£12.6m) is not far behind the Manchester United man in that regard.

He may be only the fourth-most captained among the top 10k for this round but his effective ownership of 111.0% is still ominous for any not in possession of the Egyptian.

Son is the more dangerous Spurs asset for non-owners, considering he is the third and final asset with more than 100% effective ownership in the top 10k.

However, those worried about not having Kane for Gameweek 17 might be relatively (the keyword here) relieved to see his effective ownership standing only at 70.5%, lower than Patrick Bamford‘s (£6.6m).

A small portion of top 10k managers have pulled the trigger on the second Wildcard at the first time of asking.

After 9.3% of them used up their first Wildcard last time out, it 

perhaps suggests considerably fewer of the top-level managers have decided to get a new team in preparation for Double Gameweek 19.

We saw just 0.7% usage for Wildcards in the top 10k for Gameweek 14, 1.9% in Gameweek 15, 9.3% in Gameweek 16 and now 1.8% for Gameweek 17.

That adds up to just 13.7% top 10k managers preparing for Double Gameweek 19 with a Wildcard.

So, for all the talk of this tactic in the community, often combined with the view to Free Hit in Blank Gameweek 18, it means 86.3% of these managers were happy to approach the upcoming ‘chip season’ using only their free transfers.

Of course, some of these managers might use the Wildcard in Double Gameweek 19 (doing so in Blank Gameweek 18 seems unlikely) but that would, of course, prevent them from deploying a Bench Boost or Triple Captain.

That said, the most recent Wildcard template is still an important frame of reference for all Fantasy managers.

Fernandes (95%), Bamford (86.7%) and Salah (81.7%) are the must-haves, it would seem; unsurprising considering their Double Gameweek 19 fixtures.

However, 67.2% of this week’s top 10k Wildcarders are still interested in Son despite just one match in that round.

With 41.7% of these managers securing the services of Kane, it is clear that the argument of not overlooking single Gameweek players in a Double Gameweek is one shared by some at this level. After all, Spurs travel to face Sheffield United that week, the Premier League’s worst side this season.

And, of course, it shows plans to avoid Double Gameweek blinkers in the build-up to one either. Son and Kane face an obliging Leeds defence this weekend and boast a fixture in Blank Gameweek 18.

Meanwhile, Stuart Dallas (£4.8m) and Tomas Soucek (£5.2m) are the key budget enablers for those preparing for Double Gameweek 19, featuring in 55.6% and 43.9% of top 10k Wildcard squads in Gameweek 17.

The relatively differential options include Vladimir Coufal (£4.7m), Ezgjan Alioski (£4.5m) and Marcus Rashford (£9.5m), all included in between 20% and 26% of top 10k Wildcard squads.

There is some interesting disparity between the latest Wildcard template and the matrix of most popular players in the rest of the top 10k.

Andrew Robertson (£7.4m) appears in 31.7% of their squads but was not among the top-five most-fashionable defenders by those who Wildcarded for Gameweek 17.

Meanwhile, there is a gap of 13.2 percentage points between Son’s ownership among the top 10k as a whole and those who acquired his services on Wildcards at this level.

And it seems as if Jack Grealish (£7.7m) owners are at something of a crossroads. The most recent batch of Wildcarders are not too fussed with the Villa man (which was also the case for Gameweek 16) but he remains in 42.6% of squads at this level.

However, his stock has fallen significantly. In Gameweek 15, 68.5% of the top 10k owned Grealish. That number has fallen by 25.9 percentage points in just two Gameweeks.

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2,259 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Weeb Kakashi
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 27 days ago

    Save FH here right?

    Cancelo PVA Dier
    KDB Bruno Son Stephens
    Wilson Benteke

    Salah Bamford Dallas 3.9

    2 FT 0.2 ITB

    Dallas> Bailly/Shaw?
    OR
    Benteke Dallas> Diaz Brewster

    1. Buck The Trent
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Monitor Kilman

  2. davies
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 27 days ago

    Extremely early thoughts, but who to get for Balbuena in GW19?

    4.5 max...

    1. Pukki Blinders
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Alioski

  3. jamesjoseph2770
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 27 days ago

    Anyone with Soucek and Coufal on the bench? I guess this was the week to BB.

    1. TorresMagic™
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Both on bench, might get Coufal points.

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

      Both bench and like 25% chance I get soucek on

  4. PogBruno
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 27 days ago

    Waiting for Burnley's game to get cancelled so I get Coufal points off bench

    1. UNDERWORLD7
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Reckon it’ll go ahead, sorry 🙂

      1. PogBruno
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        Hehe

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

      I have Son ©.
      Bruno Vice © Soucek first bench.

      You know I don't care about Spurs game now. 😀

  5. Stupendous
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 27 days ago

    I can get 11 DGW without a single hit, and still thinking of benching Bednarek for Kane and just having 10 DGW.

    No FH needed at all right?

    KDB triple captain all day!

    1. IRBOX ⚽
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Why TC KDB?
      Salah has two plumb home fixtures at Anfield where he is an absolute monster. Screams out for the armband

      1. Stupendous
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        He hasn't been an absolute monster recently and I'd argue the current Man U isn't plum at all.

        As sad as it has been for many to own Kev, he could have hauled in many a game recently.

        I favour Kev to outscore Salah comfortably.

        I own both.

        1. Stupendous
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 27 days ago

          Well, I will own Kev

        2. Hot Fuzz
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 27 days ago

          Nah not seeing myself with KDB tbh
          Yes fixtures are good he is good but the team around him is struggling big times. Sterling found a bit of form i guess but TC kevin to risky imo.gl stupendous

          1. Stupendous
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 27 days ago

            Cheers hot fuzz

      2. Stupendous
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        Sal 2, 8, 14, 7, 2
        Kev 3, 10, 14, 4, 3

        Kev by 1 last 5 home fixtures

      3. Emp
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        How are man united and Burnley plumb fixtures ?

        1. Emp
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 27 days ago

          @ Irbox

          1. IRBOX ⚽
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            United can’t defend and Burnley will get dusted just like they did at the Etihad

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

          Yup

        3. Don Van Vliet
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Ahhhh, the famous old Burnley bidet...

    2. Amey
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Sad you can't have Bruno mate. His away record is great. I'm going to © him 😉

      And yes, 11 DGW players is more than enough. No need of FH

      1. Stupendous
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        Trust me once I win my 3rd title in 4 years I'll be retiring from my main City league next season, and I'll have that dirty Rag next year.

        Have to give credit. He's class.

        I haven't played for OR in years

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

          Ha ha
          Fair enough. Rules can be boring I know 🙂

      2. Stupendous
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        Cheers btw!

        Saving all chips and WC til later as always.

        ESPECIALLY this year

        1. Hot Fuzz
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 27 days ago

          You said in your toppost TC Kevin all day right?

          1. Stupendous
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            Ah I meant the rest!

            Sorry late here and later NYE last night

            Thanks

            1. Hot Fuzz
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 26 days ago

              No worries dude

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

          Aye. I'm using BB. Saving FH WC TC for later.
          GL !

  6. The Big Cheese
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 27 days ago

    If you had to choose one arsenal asset and there were no autosubs in the game which one would you choose?

    1. Amey
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Tierney

      1. The Big Cheese
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        He hasn't done the business in NAL

        1. Amey
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 27 days ago

          Pleasent surprise 😆
          "The Big" Cheese
          Transfer window is open now. I'm ready to take him off your hands 😀

          But honestly, I'd not pick Auba even if he was 7-8m atm. No confidence at all.

          1. The Big Cheese
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 27 days ago

            Saka was the one who was tempting me.

            I need an Arsenal player as they have 2 matches on single match days over the next week and a bit. So I may as well ditch a villa player who played yesterday and sneak the west brom fixture as a bonus one. In theory it should work great

            I can just about stretch to Tierney

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

              Only reason I'm not going after saka is because other midfielder in that range are great. Soucek/Raph/Harrison etc.

              You mentioned fixtures are good though for Arsenal. I'd say (boring sorry) Holding is best cheap option.

              1. The Big Cheese
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                1 month, 26 days ago

                Now you mention it Holding is pretty cheap in this game. I would actually save money when selling Cash with this transfer.

                Boring isn't necessarily a bad thing. Just to have someone to cap on a single fixture day is the important things and when Arsenal have 2 so close together you kind of have to

                It had better work out better than when Crystal Palace had one earlier in the season. was a clusterfork

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

                  Palace ain't pushovers this season. I'm expecting a draw.
                  This is for sky game I suppose.
                  GL boss 😉

                  1. The Big Cheese
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 8 Years
                    1 month, 26 days ago

                    If it weren't for the Newcastle game the following week I would either be ignoring it or going with Zaha. But one arsenal tranny will kill be more efficient. Gotta keep those transfers down!

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

                      Yeah. Fixed number of transfers allowed I know

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

      Pffftt, pair of losers.
      Martinelli is where it is at. 😉

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

        Hello sir. How are you doing?

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

          All good, how are you.?
          Not around much these days but burning the late night oil.

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

            I am doing just fine. Happy New year.

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

              Happy new year to you too.

              I see you're climbing towards respectability as well, just ahead of me 😉

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

                You are gonna walk away with the league with that insane TV anyways. Lurking near you would mean a decent finish by the end of the season. Hoping for it.

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

                  Nah, there's folk with much much more, it just went after WCing in GW15, it'll drop after GW19 quite a bit I reckon.
                  Anyway, the next 2/3 weeks will have a bearing on the long term I reckon.

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

                  Anyhoo, must go to bed, it's nearly 6am ffs. 😆

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

        Hello Mate !
        Wait wait wait

        Tell me whether he's a Striker or a midfielder without looking at FPL page 😎

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

          Bugger.
          I'll play him in defence if you keep quiet!!!!

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

            Ha ha ha

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

            Keeping quiet ain't me. ...

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

              Oh how I know......
              Anyhoo, off to bed.
              See you in NAL news 🙂

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

                Aye

  7. TorresMagic™
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • Has Moderation Rights
    • 11 Years
    1 month, 27 days ago

    Decent for -4

    Martinez
    Any Man City defender, Mitchell*, Taylor*
    KDB/Sterling, Son, Grealish, Bruno
    Kane, Watkins

    1. Rolls-Royce
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Whats the GW19 chip plan?

      1. TorresMagic™
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        -8 probably

        1. Rolls-Royce
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          I am cutting all the hits bs and tempted to WC. 3xCity, 3xVilla, 3xUnitedon GW18 WC. Can get an 11 with two SGW players and trade them in GW19 for two DGW players for BB of 15.

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

            No Pool.

        2. Hot Fuzz
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Hahaha love that username TM....

    2. IRBOX ⚽
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      8 players for a -4. A small red will do the trick

  8. Nightrain_
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 27 days ago

    Is AWB or Maguire a good option to replace James ? If yes, which one's better ?

    Have the fund to buy Creswell but thinking MUN got a game vs bur, a double, and a string of green fixtures

    1. The Overthinker
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Maguire

  9. Weeb Kakashi
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 27 days ago

    Thoughts on Danny Ings for the dgw?

    1. TorresMagic™
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      135 mins

    2. Amey
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      I'm watching him closely. He has been playing pretty deep this season for my liking. If I send big on striker, it'd be Vardy

      1. Weeb Kakashi
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Aguero?

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

          He's dead as an option for me

    3. Rolls-Royce
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Prefer Che Adams. Not sure why are people selling him for donkey Watkins.

      1. IRBOX ⚽
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Adams is really really bad and Saints attack awful with fixtures to match. Watkins has great underlying numbers and the points will come

        1. Hot Fuzz
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          IRBox I don't agree with Adams being bad at all. I watched close to all the saints and villa games,well pretty much watchedall games anyway.but Adams has way better movement and reasoning with the ball then Watkins imo. Besides they are both super wasteful with the big opportunities presented but hey that's only my opinion

          1. IRBOX ⚽
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            Saints aren’t creating much without Ings which is the real issue. The chances will come for Ollie, particularly with the better fixtures. Just look at their attacking numbers for confirmation

            1. IRBOX ⚽
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 26 days ago

              Adams movement is good, but he can’t hit a barn door

              1. Hot Fuzz
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 26 days ago

                Watkins is not the king of hitting the barn door either both pretty wasteful that's for sure but hey let's agree to disagree good luck man

  10. Rolls-Royce
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 27 days ago

    Need a Mitchell no show. Coufal on the bench...

    1. Rolls-Royce
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      FFS team news predicting Mitchell starts over PVA

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

      Congratulations on the jam 😉

      1. Rolls-Royce
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Mitchell one pointer off the bench, you never know....

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

          Only if PVA gets injured.
          Usually palace bring on attackers as there subs.
          Winger + Striker + CDM

          1. Rolls-Royce
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            Yeah, Mitchel has either played 90 or 0. so there's hope...

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

      I think your gonna be in luck.

      Rough / smooth

      - I switched Dallas for Coufal last minute
      - Soucek first on my bench (have Wood so there is hope )

      1. Rolls-Royce
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Started Soucek for his goal for the first time 😎

  11. tinear
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 26 days ago

    Sorry for stupid question. If I make a transfer now for dgw19, and I use FH later this week for bgw18, does the transfer still count for my permanent team?

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

      no

      1. tinear
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Ta

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

        LOL
        Nice username 😆

        I wonder why. Ha ha ha

        1. Hot Fuzz
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Hahaha damn TM must be over that question.. am I right TM?

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

    I got 2ft how does Salah to Sterling sound for this week?
    Not the full plan in detail but probably max 1 hit between 18 and 19
    And GW 19 Son to Salah. I only lose .2 selling on Salah and would make sure I had the cash to get him back

    In 18 would give
    Dias Dier (Bernardo 🙂 )
    Sterling KDB Son
    Watkins (Brewster 🙂 )
    And one more defender or keeper but I have not decided yet.

    And 19

    Mendy

    Roberston Dias Coufal Dier(probably will change Dier)

    Salah KDB Sterling Bruno Soucek

    Bamford

    Forster Bernardo Brewster Davis
    Would TC Salah or maybe even Sterling

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

      That’s perfectly good

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

        Thanks I was gonna with this plan anyway. Bruno and the fixture changes was just an added bonus for me.

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

      Sorry 18 has Bruno too.

  13. Jrot94
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 26 days ago

    Interesting to see so many different FH teams, really like this one:

    DDG
    Dias holding Yedlin
    KDB sterling bruno son Saka
    Kane wilson

    Is saka not viable? What do the gunner fans say?

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

      swap Sterling for a 4.5 and Add Aguero

      play 3 4 3

  14. Jamb0
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 26 days ago

    Intrigued by Soucek... he seems like an ideal player if using the BB but is he someone you would play as a 4th mid every week? I typically have a more creative / attacking type of player in the 4th mid spot and fodder for the 5th to avoid a benching headache but how long can you ignore him when he keeps delivering like this

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

      I'm very interested in killing 3rd striker and go 352 with 5-6 big hitting players + Soucek.

      He has scored so many points 😮
      I've benched his latest hauls ... Let's see. After GW 19 I'm going to go 352 mostly to accommodate him.

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

      I'm using him as a 4th mid, because I have a premium forward (Kane or Vardy) as my team structure. If you go with 4 premium mids, then he would be a great 5th mid if you decide to have only 2 playing forwards.

    3. Canadian Football
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      agreed....either commit to him as 4th mid with 3 playing forwards or 5th mid with 2 playing forwards. I personally try and avoid "benching headaches"

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

    There was a lot to enjoy with the ManU v Villa game last night - it was an excellent game to watch even if yoy're neutral. For Villa, I'm not sure who Barkley displaces when he is fit - Traore and El Ghazi add extra attack threat to Villa. Also, Cash is emerging as the Villa defender to have - could be a great differential at 5m.

    ManU starting to play with some swagger again - Pogba is really starting to add to the team, and the idea that Bruno does not perform as well with Pogba in the team was refuted last night. Apart from the penalty, Bruno could have had at least 2 more goals if not for great keeping from Martinez.

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

      Yes !
      It was a brilliant game.

      See how many times ref had to blow whistle. Very less. Free flowing game. Both well drilled teams. I'm loving the look of Villa too. Will keep triple up for the season I guess.

      Re United, I'm not going to jinx it by praising them 😉

      1. Hot Fuzz
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        This ...i couldn't said it better!

    2. IRBOX ⚽
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Unfortunately United remain a bunch of diving cheats and I don’t know why the refs remain oblivious to their antics in the box. Ole is an awful coach but I will give him credit - he must spend half their training time acting out and diving around in the 18 yard area. Props to him for that. Still remain shambolic in defence though so that automatically disqualifies any real shot at the title

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

        Funny how you ignore all the game and keep mentioning diving.
        As if players from other team don't go down as soon as they feel contact in the box.

        1. IRBOX ⚽
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Have a look at United’s penalty numbers compared to the rest of the league mate and tell me there is not a red flag there

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

            So if the number goes down, it'll be fine with you ?

            Or other teams diving is fine coz they don't get many pens ?

            Come on. It's a part of the game. United also concede pens. I also don't like players who go down like cry babies but sadly this is modern football. Everyone is same is what I'm saying.

            1. IRBOX ⚽
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 26 days ago

              The number of pens in general needs to be reduced, but especially for your United who are getting special treatment because they have become so adept at diving in training (ie cheating)

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

                Quick question
                Do you need to take your trousers down to write this crap?

                1. IRBOX ⚽
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 26 days ago

                  If that’s what you enjoy mate, let your imagination run wild

      2. Hot Fuzz
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        No clue what you on about man? It was an awesome game I really liked it anyway

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

        Salty! 🙂
        On balance of play and opportunities ManU deserved the win last night - they were fractionally the better team on the night. As for OGS - you can only judge on results, and so far he's taken a mid-table team from 2 seasons ago to a 3rd place finish and now joint-top of the PL. Are they true title contenders? I agree - not yet. Apart from defense it remains to be seen if they can manage without Bruno if he get's injured - evidence indicates probably not.
        As for penalties - teams are playing to the way the rules are being enforced at the moment. The idea of football being a contact sport seems to be forgotten and any team who doesn't take advantage of the fact will just be considered naive. Also, ManU are not the only, nor worst, team at doing this.

      4. Zim0
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        U also think Everton have a shot at the title sooo don't know how much your opinion is really worth regarding this.

        1. IRBOX ⚽
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          These comments were always tongue in cheek. Ancelotti can’t take us from mid table to title contenders in one season. A champions league spot beckons though and that switch in form is undeniable. My analysis and knowledge of football is outstanding, irrespective of FPL

          1. Party time
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            Everton are pants

            1. IRBOX ⚽
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 26 days ago

              Yes defeating Chelsea, Arsenal, Spurs and Leicester so far this season with a drawn match with Liverpool is pants. Grow up mate

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

    Good morning. How was the first day of the new year? What do you all need from today's games?

    1. The Big Cheese
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Points for me and none for anyone else, even if those people have the same players as me

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

        Cool wish. And who would be those players?

        1. The Big Cheese
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Well from today it would be Kane Cap as the biggie and his cheeky little sidekick Son.

          But they need the opposition to keep up with Bamford and Raphina also getting hatties!

          6-6 and I will be content

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

            On the same boat to some extent. Son hat-trick, Bamford hat-trick and a Kane blank is all I need.

            1. The Big Cheese
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 26 days ago

              It's going to be a funny match. I had to bench Dallas as I couldn't cope with having another person in that match for my sanity.

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

                Haha. Same here. Even I benched Dallas to avoid the potential negative returns.

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

                He'll core and come off your bench.
                It's the jam & cheese season.

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

                  *score*

                2. The Big Cheese
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 8 Years
                  1 month, 26 days ago

                  As long as he is followed by Soucek who is next on that bench

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

                    I'm on Soucek then Dallas. 😉

                    1. The Big Cheese
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 8 Years
                      1 month, 26 days ago

                      I envy you

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

                        For now, who knows though with Leeds.

    2. Differential (c)
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Great start for me. 46 pts from 6, shoutout to the absolute hero that is Aaron 'Roberto Carlos' Cresswell.
      Only Fabio Silva tonight for me, no Spurs means I might suffer a bit of a rank fall later. Dallas and Kilman on my bench.
      For now its pretty good.

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

        Nice differential team. Fabio Silva scoring a hat-trick would be the highlight of the week.

        1. Differential (c)
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          The template suffering postponements + loss in form has benefited me immensely. Was at the about 3m OR 5GWs, now live rank I'm just outside the top 1 mil. Great stuff.

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

            Yeah. That's what I love about this season as well. A lot of variety to choose from. Nobody is having a clear upper hand in my ML. Went from 1.7m to 300k in 9 weeks.

            1. The Big Cheese
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 26 days ago

              Lots of drama this season too. Lots of random postponements keep it interesting and random players getting sick busts the template too at least for a few weeks

              Killing the Liverpool defence right out of the gate broke it all up as well

  17. zotter
    • 11 Years
    1 month, 26 days ago

    How does this sound?

    Involves losing £0.3m value on Salah switcheroo. But benefit from having Son and DCL an extra week and keeping Wildcard

    GW18 (both free transfers. Salah to sterling. Chilwell to Cancelo)
    Martinez
    Cancelo
    Grealish. Sterling. Son. Bruno
    Dcl. Wood

    GW19 (Son to Salah. Dcl to Adams or Antonio. Bench boost)
    Martinez. Forster
    Dallas. Cancelo. Trent. Kwp. Coufal
    Soucek. Salah. Bruno. Sterling. Grealish
    Adams/Antonio. Bamford. Wood

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

      Keeping Free hit and Wildcard I meant

    2. Hot Fuzz
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      I dont keen switching salah in and out he is just perma but hey that's just me gl zotter

  18. Canadian Football
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 26 days ago

    If Lindelöf is still injured....does that mean that Shaw is a certain starter for GW17?

    1. Weeb Kakashi
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Lindelof doesn't play left back

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

      Ammmm
      Lindelof is a CB
      Shaw is LB.

      Telles is the competition for Shaw. And no. I won't be sure about start for Shaw. He and telles will share the game time for United

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

        thanks guys

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

      Looks like he is still injured. Some chronic back problem. With Bailly playing CB, I'm not sure about Luke Shaw starting definitely.

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

      Shaw is left back, competing with Telles. Bailly is back up to the swede.

    5. ivantys
        1 month, 26 days ago

        It means Bailly is

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

        Lindelof has a chronic back injury for over a year. With Bailly fit again I think there is a strong chance Lindelof is gone for the season while they sort it out. Shaw did a good job in the ManU formation last night, although there is no guarantee that's the formation OGS will always use.

    6. MSTRKRFTSMN
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Hoping for a COVID cancellation so I can get my 11 Soucek bench points. Must be a few people on that boat now

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

        First sub coufal, second sub soucek

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

          Ouch. I didn’t fancy West Ham much this week earlier.

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

        I would happily miss those points (same boat 🙂 ) than have a fixture postponed.

        1. The Big Cheese
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          I dunno. I would happily be a git in order to win

          Let the whole world burn!

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

            Ha ha
            Maybe that's what I need to learn
            Ruthless aggression 😎

            1. The Big Cheese
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 26 days ago

              I cn't help it. After the postponements last week all I was doing was quick sums in my head to see how it affected me in Sky and then rubbing my hands together knowing others would be affected worse. It might be a medical condition

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

                Ha ha ha
                I hope this postponement thing goes away though. Would be less confident about playing BB with this predicament going on currently.

                1. The Big Cheese
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 8 Years
                  1 month, 26 days ago

                  I dunno. I'm having my best season for years in all forms of the game football wise it's working out!

                  The football dos seem a little relentless at times admittedly

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

                    Agree we're getting a breather now though.

                    1. The Big Cheese
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 8 Years
                      1 month, 26 days ago

                      hank god. I think I will use that time to set up the Milk Cup. Got to pull my finger out there

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

                        I hope I'm still in it 😀

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

        Do not have Soucek. Hopefully all fixtures go ahead with 1 point cameos from some of the players.

    7. zotter
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      If can scramble out 8 GW18 players without free hitting.... or can free hit and probably achieve 20-30 points more is it worth doing the free hit?

      Benefit of not doing it also means probably better set up for GW19 too. (Saves 4 or 8 points worth of transfers)

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

      Spurs v leeds score predictions?

      1. The Big Cheese
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        6-6

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

          please let it be this!!!

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

          I was going to reply as tell me last time Jose team hit 6 goals ! They never do that.

          Then I remembered the thrashing 😆

          No comments !

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

        2-2

      3. Rolls-Royce
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        3-1

        Sonny hattrick.

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

        1-3

      5. zotter
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        2-2

      6. Canadian Football
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        actually really looking forward to this one.....hope it doesn't disappoint

    9. Rolls-Royce
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Going Coufal over Creswell has already cost me 13 points in 3 weeks. DGWs misery to follow now.

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

        Coufal has been doing well. I think he will outscore Creswell in Dgw.

      2. The Big Cheese
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        It's not too late to have both. I have both

        1. Rolls-Royce
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Wise man.

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

        Thats what happens to noob coaches 😉

      4. IRBOX ⚽
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        4.5 vs 5.2 at the time of purchase.. depends what you’ve done with the extra funds. You cannot compare them in a vacuum

    10. Pommie22
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Thinking of doing
        Zouma,Anguissa >> Justin,Soucek
        I know its 2dgw for 2dgw just thinks points differential worth it. Will cost -4
        Y/N ?
        Gives me 13 doubles + Son, Kane

      • Roy Rovers
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Why has Balbuena not been in the West Ham squad for the last two?

        I need him for my BB!!

          1. Roy Rovers
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            Cheers Dreams.

            1. Roy Rovers
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 26 days ago

              Anything more recent?

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

                Nah mate. That was the last update I could find. Looks like an internal issue and not just an injury. Seems like Dawson may have replaced him.

                1. Roy Rovers
                  • 6 Years
                  1 month, 26 days ago

                  Thanks.

      • Differential (c)
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Going Bowen over Soucek all those weeks ago. Man, could I have used the points and the extra cash.

        1. Alisson WondHaaland
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Same. He's got me 1 assist in the time Soucek has 4 goals. I feel mugged

          1. Differential (c)
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            Absolutely. Just gutting.

            1. Alisson WondHaaland
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 26 days ago

              Im hoping he redeems himself during the DGW

      • Zim0
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Grealish to blank in next 2 and haul at City?

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

          He would rip apart the Spurs and Everton defences as well in an ideal world.

          1. Zim0
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            It is in his destiny unfortunately to blank for 2 matches after every match he scores or assists

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

            He ripped MU today, but his teammates did not execute

            He would be unfair playing for Tottenham with Kane and Son feasting on his chances.

            Ridiculously awesome player Jack Grealish

        2. Hot Fuzz
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          I think the correct calculations are 3 blanks 1 haul sorry dude it won't happen hahaha just kidding hope he gets points on all of them myself

      • Zim0
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Is fabianski out for the double?

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

          Too soon to tell - no details on the injury yet.

          1. Zim0
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            Thamks

      • Big_Andy_GAWA
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Morning All,

        Has there been any proof or guarantees as to *which* particular City players are out due to Covid?

        Thanks.

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

          Definite ederson. Jesus. Walker

        2. Differential (c)
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Ederson and Doyle have posted on theit Insta that they are isolating.

        3. The Big Cheese
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          KDB probably

          1. Hot Fuzz
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            What KDB,really ?? You got a link?

            1. The Big Cheese
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 26 days ago

              It's just the way my luck is going this season. Knowing my luck it will be kDB

              1. Hot Fuzz
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 26 days ago

                Oh ok cheers hope you going to be ok then go dude

                1. Hot Fuzz
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 26 days ago

                  The go meant to be a gl for good luck bloody autocorect

          1. Roy Rovers
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            ^ Ederson, Jesus, Walker and Doyle that looks like the five.

            1. Alisson WondHaaland
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 26 days ago

              Didnt know And played for City

              1. The Big Cheese
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                1 month, 26 days ago

                He's in the youth team

              2. Roy Rovers
                • 6 Years
                1 month, 26 days ago

                Check the link!!!

                1. Roy Rovers
                  • 6 Years
                  1 month, 26 days ago

                  Your welcome....

      • zotter
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Characterising FH18 pros and cons as follows

        PRO for FH
        probably get 20 to 25 more points than if scrambled out 8 players
        Don’t lose £0.2m/£0.3m on Salah switcheroo 18 /19

        CON for FH
        Game week 29 could be more points available
        End up with Chilwell instead of Cancelo in GW19

        Pretty torn on this!!!

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

          Added CON is potential Covid cancellations in January which shouldn’t be the case free hitting later in the year

        2. Alisson WondHaaland
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Regarding the Cons:
          - Chilwell could easily outscore Cancelo
          - The GW 29 blank wont have a direct correlation with the GW 26 doubles (i.e. not neccesarily the same teams will double in one and blank in the other) so it will be easier to navigate. Theres also 3 weeks in between rather than the 1 for 18/19 so again ita easier to navigate.

      • Alisson WondHaaland
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        If I free hit in GW 18, I get 10 free transfers in GW 19 right? Right????

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

          Yeah

          1. Alisson WondHaaland
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            Cheers

        2. Hot Fuzz
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Just ask TM .....

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

          Is hotdog a sandwich?

          1. The Big Cheese
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            yes

          2. Hot Fuzz
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            Nooooo it's like saying a trex is a chicken.....nonono

            1. The Big Cheese
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 26 days ago

              You go to McDonalds and it lists sandwiches. If a burger is a sandwich then a hotdog is as well

              1. Hot Fuzz
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 26 days ago

                Hahaha well then let the hotdog be a sandwich why not. But for my own sanity the burger stays a burger and so on

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

          Huh?