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Rodríguez returns on Everton bench as West Ham recall Coufal

Everton and West Ham’s matchday squads are beginning to edge closer to full-strength as of their Gameweek 17 teamsheets.

James Rodríguez (£7.7m) returns for the first time since Gameweek 11 although is only fit enough for a place on the Toffees’ bench.

For now, Bernard (£5.8m) occupies his slot on the right-hand side of Everton’s attacking midfield, joined there by Gylfi Sigurdsson (£6.8m) and Richarlison (£7.8m).

How long until Rodríguez will be ready to start games regularly again remains unclear but Fantasy managers will certainly have him on their radars.

However, anyone invested in Michael Keane (£5.1m) will be disappointed by Carlo Ancelotti’s team selection in Gameweek 17, with the centre-back named on the bench for the first time this season.

Mason Holgate (£4.8m) tucks inside from his recent right-back role to staff the heart of the defence with Yerry Mina (£5.6m) with Seamus Coleman (£4.8m) making his first start since Gameweek 8.

It is a similar story with West Ham who, once again, feature Michail Antonio (£6.2m) on the bench, which makes for a seventh successive start for Sebastien Haller (£6.1m), but suggests they could be back to full-strength soon.

Fantasy managers will certainly have their eye on that situation, especially with West Ham’s appealing fixtures in Double Gameweek 19, where they host Burnley and West Bromwich Albion.

David Moyes has recalled Vladimir Coufal (£4.7m) to the line-up, having rested him against Southampton but Issa Diop (£4.3m) and Fabian Balbuena (£4.4m) remain out of the starting XI, Craig Dawson (£4.5m) impressing enough in his Gameweek 16 audition to keep his place.

Everton XI: Pickford; Godfrey, Mina, Holgate, Coleman; Doucouré, T Davies; Richarlison, Sigurdsson, Bernard; Calvert-Lewin.

West Ham United XI: Fabianski; Cresswell, Ogbonna, Dawson, Coufal; Rice, Soucek; Benrahma, Fornals, Bowen; Haller.

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1,770 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Hazz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 26 days ago

    Should have listened to the RMT tool.

    Told me to play Soucek over Raphinha 😛

    And don't say it was obvious, I posted the question before and pretty much unanimous to start Raphinha 😀

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

      Awful top post. Feel free to laugh at my pain.

    2. Steve The Spud
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Yeah poor decision that

        1. Steve The Spud
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Haha, so funny you dug that out

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

            It was today?

    3. The Train Driver
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Raph can still score well

    4. Colonel Shoe 肝池
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      you cant make this comment until raphina has played

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

        Possibly COVID suspension would get him off, but not betting on it.

  2. The Train Driver
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 26 days ago

    Non Cresswell owner tears flooding the comment section...

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

      ??

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

      Just a few, most with only DCL which doesn’t help...

  3. BDA Shadow
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 26 days ago

    Soucek has been my gem of the season. Horrible start but stuck with him mostly on the bench, started playing him when the fixtures changed and have got every return.

    1. FPL_Motty
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 26 days ago

      I think soucek has probably been responsible for about 400k rank rise just on his own for me. Every goal has translated into about 40-80k rank rises, and with 5 goals now thats just been huge for me. And that value is unbelievable, allowing me to spend my money in the rest of the team

      1. BDA Shadow
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        The value seen in him at the start of the season was a great find. His attacking threat is so contrary to his position on paper, 5m was irresistible. Worst case scenario it was a risk of 0.5m over a standard bench fodder.

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

        Say goodbye to him now though as any kind of differential.

        1. jdp219
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          He's still only 11-12% owned at the moment. I'd imagine people still go for El Ghazi or Raphinha.

  4. jdp219
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 26 days ago

    Soucek is my 5th mid, and right now is first bench.

    I should just be playing a 352 from now on, huh?

    1. BDA Shadow
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Who are your forwards?

      1. jdp219
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Bamford, DCL, Wilson. Opted for Wilson this gameweek because Leicester concedes the most penalties.

        1. BDA Shadow
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          I've learned to rely on penalties less, it never seems to work out (Bruno excepted).

          1. jdp219
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            True. Hindsight just sucks in this case. If Wilson hammers Leicester, I won't feel so bad.

            1. BDA Shadow
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 26 days ago

              That's the thing, no point being fussed until Wilson has played and even that the rest of your team doesn't need auto-subs.

              1. jdp219
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 26 days ago

                Amen to that. I like green arrows, though. LOL.

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

          Drop 1 of those, and get brewster. Use that extra ~3m to upgrade the rest of your team. Thats what soucek is for

      2. jdp219
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        DCL or Wilson would be downgraded to allow Grealish (to Son) or Kilman upgrade.

    2. Eh, just one more thing ...
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      I feel your pain. Me too. Decided to play my three forwards instead ... bamford Wilson Watkins.... thems are the breaks I guess ... I also have coufal on my bench too .... oh the humanity

      1. jdp219
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Oof. That hurts.

    3. Tommy Tynans Left Shin Pad
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Always a tricky one. Can go either way really. I am a massive fan of 343, but meddled with 352 when Brewster went to Sheffield. I'm reverting back

      1. jdp219
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        True. It's tough. I've been 50/50 with Soucek. Missed his 10-pointer in gw15, and unless a benching for someone else, I'm missing this one, too.

  5. MGD
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 26 days ago

    Repost.

    Keane dropped or rested?

  6. Tommy Tynans Left Shin Pad
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 26 days ago

    Bottomed.....

    Would you play 7 next GW, or FH?

    Already planned to FH GW18 and TC in GW19, but doubting my plan now

  7. The Train Driver
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 26 days ago

    Lingard benched, WTF!!!

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

      season over

    2. jdp219
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Phil Jones not even in the squad?! I can't win.

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

    Declan Rice is such an under rated player. Huge presence in midfield. Strong player who protects the defence.

    1. Cometh The Aouar...
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      He won't be at West Ham in the next two years

    2. BDA Shadow
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Probably underrated still by the public but look at the price tag West Ham put on him and how much Chelsea want him. The people who know, know.

      1. Atletico Junior
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Exactly

  9. OptimusBlack
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 26 days ago

    Simple i have
    Martienz Stones Son Burno Bissouma & Kane
    So should i use FH
    A- YES for sure
    B- Nope

  10. Bookkeeper
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 26 days ago

    Why have the Premier League changed the rules for City?

    They asked City to not disclose the names of the recent players who tested positive.

    They didn't ask the same from other clubs in recent months when their players tested positive for Covid.

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

    Randolph was playing, not Fabianksi. What was the situation there?

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

      Injured in warmup

  12. The Frenchie
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 26 days ago

    Son to Sterling or KDB?

  13. Danno - Emre Canada
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 26 days ago

    Neutrals..... what do you reckon, assist or not? Looked a shot off target por moi.....

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

      Looked like it was scewing off target to me.

      Owner.

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

      It was a shot, then there was a huge deflection and then Soucek finished it off.
      Shouldn't be an assist imo.

    3. Atletico Junior
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Should be taken off

    4. Dthinger
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      The rules don’t say the shot has to be in target for it to count as an assist. That said, there’s no way that should count as an assist

      1. Danno - Emre Canada
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        I think it does say on target...... from a rebound maybe.

        I don’t reckon it should be an assist

        Assists

        Assists are awarded to the player from the goal scoring team, who makes the final pass before a goal is scored. An assist is awarded whether the pass was intentional (that it actually creates the chance) or unintentional (that the player had to dribble the ball or an inadvertent touch or shot created the chance).

        If an opposing player touches the ball after the final pass before a goal is scored, significantly altering the intended destination of the ball, then no assist is awarded. Should a touch by an opposing player be followed by a defensive error by another opposing outfield player then no assist will be awarded. If the goal scorer loses and then regains possession, then no assist is awarded.

        Rebounds
        If a shot on goal is blocked by an opposition player, is saved by a goalkeeper or hits the woodwork, and a goal is scored from the rebound, then an assist is awarded

      2. Atletico Junior
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        "Rebounds
        If a shot on goal is blocked by an opposition player, is saved by a goalkeeper or hits the woodwork, and a goal is scored from the rebound, then an assist is awarded"

        Rules say Shot on goal

        1. I Must Break You
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Is this for official assists, or FPL assists?

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

      Doesn't matter that it was off target. The rules simply say if a shot on goal is blocked by an opposition player and a goal is scored from the rebound an assist is awarded. Cresswell shot, it was blocked by a defender and Soucek scored the rebound. Clear assist according to the rules. Not sure what the debate is?

      1. Danno - Emre Canada
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Arrr ok so doesnt have to be on target, cool

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

          To be fair I was wondering myself if the shot prior to the block had to be on target but the rules just say shot on goal with no mention of the shot having to be on target. Its a bit of a lucky assist but an assist according to the rules.

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

    I need a very good advice how to deal with DCL.
    I want to get rid but need to play FH in the next GW, which means it'll keep my team for the DGW after playing my chip.

    Really dunno what to do about that.

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

      You’ll still have one transfer between gw 18 and 19

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

        Don't get this. I thought the FH will erase all transfers made in the same GW.

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

          I think Dthinger is trying to say you can still remove DCL with your 1FT for DGW19

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

            yea but he will be worth only 7.6 by then.

            1. St Pauli Walnuts
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 26 days ago

              Can't have your cake and eat it mate.

              1. Original - Wolves Ay We
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 26 days ago

                This

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

    Villa clean sheet gone. Thank god.

  16. rupopo
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 26 days ago

    Damn. Was umming and arrrring over Rashford to Son for -4. In the end bottled it. Son is surely odds on to get more than 6 pts against Leeds...