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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. turd ferguson
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 26 days ago

    Activated free hit immediately so I dont have to stare at my BB GW19 team for a week. Feels great 🙂

    1. MikeS
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Feels great until games get cancelled yer

    2. Olson
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Why on Earth didn't you just wait and not look at your team

      1. turd ferguson
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        boring thats why

        1. Olson
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          But you can open your team and do exactly the same thing without pressing confirm

          1. turd ferguson
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            price rises tho

            1. Olson
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 26 days ago

              It's all a total mess. Price rises are virtually insignificant to doing well this year. Next time do some star jumps for the dopamine

    3. turd ferguson
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Speaking of which...thoughts?

      de gea
      Maguire Dias Holding
      Grealish Bruno Neto Sterling KDB
      Kane WIlson

      Subs: meh, Konsa, Brewster, Mitchell

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

        Too much United.
        Rather Holding in for Maguire or Leno instead of DDG.
        Son probably better than Sterling, but I guess that is part of the FH appeal.

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

          oh, did not see you have Holding

      2. Pep bites Kun
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Missing Kun

        1. thewakka
            1 month, 26 days ago

            Unfit and unmotivated at his best this season

            1. Pep bites Kun
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 26 days ago

              Not match-sharp to be sure and it usually takes a few games with managed mins (fixtures are ripe). Why unmotivated?

              1. thewakka
                  1 month, 26 days ago

                  Contract expire

                  1. Pep bites Kun
                    • 4 Years
                    1 month, 26 days ago

                    Ah really? Good info, wasn't aware. Still needs to sell himself on the pitch though?

        2. Niho992
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Casual move.

        3. Predator
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Fingers crossed boy

      3. Igz08
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Wonder if doing Konsa -> Stones is too risky rn with all the city covid absences ?

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

          shot in the dark

      4. Super Saints
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        DCL and KDB are my big differentials, probably why they haven't done anything for so long!

      5. Niho992
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        No chance that Everton will score

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

        Scout Picks now at the bottom of the site? Is this deliberate?

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

          One off due to only 1 forward.

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

          Looks very dodgy on mobile.

        3. Elfozzie 42
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Hey folks, apologies for this.
          Was the first time we'd run this formation I think and had a slight tech challenge, will be addressed for next week.

          1. Pep bites Kun
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            Wow on the ball there! Conspiracy theories on the rise 😉

        4. RAFA THE GAFFA
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Where they belong

      7. Caleb's Kitties
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Currently only dias fernandes kane son DCL in my team playing 18.

        Any reason not to activate FH now to catch a few price changes? Saiss rashford on my wish list.

        1. Mr. O'Connell
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Next gameweek deadline is 11 days away. Could be game/league postponements announced at any point up until then. Would devalue/waste the chip in that case.

          That's all pretty unlikely, but that's the risk.

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

          One would hope they would cancel any chips played if the next game week gets entirely canceled? Do we have any clues from how they handled it last year?

          1. Jimmers
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            There was a free wildcard at the restart of the PL - however that was after a 3 month break not a week or two

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

        The adverts on BT Sport are absolutely tragic. What has happened to humanity

        1. Marvin: Phantom der Nacht
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          I gave up on humanity when Mr Blobby was Christmas number 1.

        2. Third Eye Vision
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          The pundits aren’t much better.

      9. PL Ball
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Don't forget James is on the bench.. could inject some life into this game.

        1. Olson
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Better off injecting some cynanide

          1. PL Ball
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

      10. Pedram
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Feeling conflicted about having Martinez as keeper and Bruno as captain, rooting for Bruno but hoping for some points from Martinez.

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

          martinez saves bruno penalty and bruno scores rebound

        2. Mr Arsenal
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          A penalty save would be amazing

        3. PL Ball
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Surely captain is always priority?

          Any Martinez points you get will be a bonus.

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

          Same, a big Bruno haul is best outcome. Won't mind a Martinez 2 pointer if Bruno gets 10+ points

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

          You're overthinking it. Root for your captain. If Martinez gets save points, it's a bonus

      11. diesel001
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Games like this that make people appreciate Leeds playing an attacking style of football.

        1. El Presidente
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Defending well is an art

          1. Jimmers
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            Art is meant to be interesting - this isn't

        2. fedolefan
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          But didn't you always maintain for seasons that teams getting promoted should just play long ball and route 1 football?

          1. diesel001
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            I still do. Especially against better teams. But doesn't mean I can't enjoy watching those teams that do play attacking football. I ain't a Leeds fan so don't care if they stay up or go down.

        3. Pep bites Kun
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          +1 all day, every day

      12. Nightcrawler
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Well i have 8 players currently for GW 18

        But 3 of them are mitchell brewster and Lewis

        Other 5 are Bruno, KDB, Son, Kane and Maguire

        FH Right?

        1. diesel001
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Probably.

        2. Caleb's Kitties
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          For sure

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

          Can you make a decent team with -8?

          1. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            Not worth it

            1. Pep bites Kun
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 26 days ago

              Not sure I agree. May be better weeks to use FH seeing as we have more teams playing this one. Arsenal, City could be good buys with the fixtures ahead.

              1. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 26 days ago

                Yes but they are two teams out of form.
                And this season is totally unpredictable - but for me - I would only be to field 5 players with my team. Of course I'm playing FH!

        4. Herman Toothrot
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Saving mine. Have 6 players

        5. Milkman Bruno
            1 month, 26 days ago

            It’s really tough I’ve only 6 average players and keeping it is tempting.

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

            Those 3 are essentially 1 Low scoring player

            Fh or -4

          • Revival
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            I would

          • Mr. O'Connell
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            Brewster gonna bang a hat trick that week

            1. Pep bites Kun
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 26 days ago

              Doubt it, but not putting it down 🙂

          • Nightcrawler
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 26 days ago

            Thanks all

          • thegaffer82
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            You’ve got a core of good players... take a -4 maybe and save FH...

            Guaranteed between 1 and 2 points from Brewdog 🙂

        6. beso
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Dawson is a guaranteed starter now over Balbuena for DGW ?

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

            Wouldnt say guaranteed but as a Balbuena owner I am worried. Dawson going down in the 1st half may mean Balbuena gets at least 1 start in the DGW but not sure about 2 starts anymore

          2. istanbul05
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            Far from guaranteed imo

        7. No Kane, No Gain!
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 26 days ago

          How’s this for a FH team for next GW?

          Martinez, Steer
          Cancelo, Dias, Stones, Mina, Holgate
          Rashford, Bruno, Son, E Ghazi, Neto
          Kane, Wilson, Lacazette

        8. ...al
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Dcl or Coufal look like they’re up to much?

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

            Not yet, another 15 minutes and it starts.

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

            dcl has been anonymous and coufal has been defensively sound and whipped in a good cross or two.

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

            Maybe a Jrod would be nice

            Played DCL and benched Coufal oops

        9. Milkman Bruno
            1 month, 26 days ago

            Fark, is Taylor dropping tonight? Really can’t afford that to happen

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

              Tark is a good replacement.

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

              Taylor (AVL) is predicted to.
              Taylor (BUR) is on -50 but falling fast.

              The former might be okay, but check back in a few hours. Definitely falls before the deadline though. No game till Sunday (if at all) doesn't help!

            3. Warby84
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 26 days ago

              No the wrong Taylor...

              Taylor (Villa) -101.6
              Taylor (Burnley) -46

          • fedolefan
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            Thought i had no one from this game and it turns out i have Soucek. Ugh. Do something big guy.

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

              Benched him so expect 2 goals.

              1. Super Saints
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 26 days ago

                We both benched Coufal for Taylor

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

            Hope Soucek scores tonight.

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

              Join the club pal

            2. Top Lad Dakes. - WC/TC left
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 26 days ago

              This. Assisted by Coufal

            3. thegaffer82
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 26 days ago

              I forgot to bench him (for Cancelo), so a goal or two would be lucky, but very welcome

            4. Rupert The Horse
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 26 days ago

              Slap on some lipstick and get down there.

          • istanbul05
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            Hey guys, planning to now hold my FH and BB chips... Any obvious flaws on my plan below?

            BGW18: TAA, Salah to Cancelo, KDB (-4) to give me 10 potential players if you included Lewis and Brewster...

            Martinez, Dias, Lewis, Bruno, Grealish, Son, Kane, Brewster.

            DGW19: Son & Kane to Salah, Vardy (-4) to give 12 DGW players.

            Martinez,
            Cancelo, Dias, Dallas, Coufal,
            Salah, KDB, Fernandes, Grealish, Soucek,
            Vardy, Bamford.

            Forster, Coufal/Soucek, Brewster, Lewis.

            Thanks!

          • Chucky
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            Coufal second half goal needed to save my season...

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

              why do i always imagine you as the brother of fudgy

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

                😛

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

                Haha same here. Something sketchy going on behind the curtains.

          • manu4life99
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            Stuck in the grey area on whether or not to FH gw18...

            Would you play this team or FH?

            Martinez
            Dias Maguire Taylor*(if fit)
            Bruno Son Grealish
            DCL

            1. istanbul05
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 26 days ago

              is that inc. any potential GW18 transfers? If not, I would save as you can get 2 more players for a -4...

            2. ...al
              • 11 Years
              1 month, 26 days ago

              I think 8 is the minimum you would want

            3. Jeapesy
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 26 days ago

              I’m in a similar boat

              Martinez
              Stones Holding
              Fernandes Bissouma Grealish
              DCL Kane

              Salah Robertson Justin Coufal Bamford Raphina

              Considering a -4 to get 10 involving Salah and Justin to KDB and Cancelo

            4. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 26 days ago

              FH

          • Super Saints
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            Have DCL and Coufal scored yet!?

            1. DA Minnion
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 26 days ago

              Yes 3 each

            2. thegaffer82
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 26 days ago

              Let me check...

              No

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

            I was eating a sausage bean and cheese melt earlier and suddenly remembered my fpl password. That was a fun few days.

            Back to reality.. on FH, Kdb or Sterling?

          • Salarrivederci
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            A -4 before BGW18 and then a -8 before DGW19 would give me these teams. Those -12 worth it to save FH for BGW29 😀 ?

            TAA, Salah & Balbuena out -> Dias, KDB + the best defender for BGW18 (max 7.4) 😀 (-4)

            BGW18 team:
            Martínez
            7.4, Dias, Mitchell
            KDB, Bruno, Rashford, Son, Grealish
            Brewster, Welbeck
            (Farrell, Robertson, Coufal, Bamford)

            Then 7.4 defender, Son & Welbeck -> Struijk or some other 3.9, Salah & Rodrigo (-8)

            DGW19 team:
            Martínez
            Robertson, Dias, Coufal
            Salah, KDB, Bruno, Rashford, Grealish
            Bamford, Rodrigo

            (Farrell, Struijk, Brewster, Mitchell)

            1. Salarrivederci
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 26 days ago

              Not the best BGW18 team ofc, but a strong DGW19 team imo.
              The upside is of cause the WC25, BB26 and FH29.

          • Shark Team
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            Any chance C.Taylor starts? Cause I have Coufal 1st sub

            1. DA Minnion
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 26 days ago

              Doubt it.

            2. Super Saints
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 26 days ago

              Lots of us in this situation, don't think Taylor will play

          • Bounce
              1 month, 26 days ago

              Can't wait for the United game to start so I can pray that my only player from that game (Bruno) gets 0 points because I didn't captain him!!! HOW IS THIS GAME EVEN FUN???

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

                They should get rid of captain to make it better?

              2. Baines on Toast...
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                1 month, 26 days ago

                Praying is a bit extreme when he will only have the equivalent of ownership of 14%

              3. bitm2007
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                1 month, 26 days ago

                Bruno's effective ownership including captaincy is 73%, so if he scores well you will move up the OR.

                1. Black Knights
                  • 8 Years
                  1 month, 26 days ago

                  It’s over 100% at the top levels.

            • pundit of punts
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 26 days ago

              Lindelof a good pick for next gw?

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

                Probably not. Isn’t he touch and go?

            • EffPeeEll
                1 month, 26 days ago

                William Hill offering 2/1 for Bruno to have a single shot on target. (was Even money)

                #PleasePrayForbruno

                ;(((

              • Trophé Mourinho
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 26 days ago

                wtf where the fck is Fabianski, soucek and dcl better score

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

                  injured in warmup

                2. thegaffer82
                  • 9 Years
                  1 month, 26 days ago

                  Injured in warm up

                3. Trophé Mourinho
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 1 Year
                  1 month, 26 days ago

                  Typical, saw 0-0 and was like fab might get a haul here. Nope injured

              • Nightcrawler
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 26 days ago

                Only one of the players on the pitch today played in 2006/07 premier league season

                And they cost just 3.5m in fpl

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

                  Soucek?

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

                  Nobel I guess.

                3. Mr. O'Connell
                  • 8 Years
                  1 month, 26 days ago

                  Dawson?

                4. Old Man
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 9 Years
                  1 month, 26 days ago

                  Sounds like Noble but he's on the bench ..........?