Scout Notes

Saïss back in the goals as Wolves’ defensive problems persist at Brighton

Brighton 3-3 Wolves

  • Goals: Aaron Connolly (£5.2m), Neal Maupay (£6.1m), Lewis Dunk (£4.8m) | Romain Saïss (£5.1m), Rúben Neves (£5.2m)
  • Own goals: Dan Burn (£4.3m)
  • Assists: Leandro Trossard x2 (£5.7m) | Nélson Semedo (£5.4m), Adama Traoré (£6.1m)
  • Bonus points: Trossard x3, Neves x2, Dunk x1, Maupay x1

DO AS THE ROMAINS DO

Romain Saïss‘ (£5.1m) Fantasy Premier League comeback got even better in Gameweek 17 as he scored his third goal of the season in a 3-3 draw with Brighton.

Willy Boly‘s (£5.4m) most recent injury has helped the Moroccan international reclaim his place in the Wolves side regardless of whether Nuno Espirito Santo deploys a back-three or back-four.

Saïss has now started each of the last six Premier League matches, adding goals in two of the last three.

However, prospective suitors for Saïss might be put off by Wolves’ recent defensive problems. 

They have now conceded in each of their last 10 Premier League games, their longest run without a clean sheet in the top flight under Nuno. That run comes after they secured four shut-outs in the opening seven Gameweeks this season.

It is clear that chopping and changing between a back-three and back-four has not helped matters, Max Kilman (£4.1m) owners suffering especially from the lack of consistency with just two 90-minute outings since Gameweek 11.

But, on top of missing Boly, Wolves have also felt the adverse effects of losing the screening abilities of Leander Dendoncker (£4.7m) in central midfield, the Belgian absent from the last four matches with a knock.

Against Brighton, their four-man back-line was reliant on Rúben Neves (£5.2m) and João Moutinho (£5.2m) protecting the defensive third through possession rather than their off-the-ball offerings – something hard to do against a Brighton side with such a heavy focus on moving the ball about themselves.

But Wolves now have 10 days between Premier League matches, which could allow Dendoncker and Boly some time to get back to full fitness and boost their clean sheet potential ready for appealing matches against Everton (home) and West Bromwich Albion (home).

SEA-YA-GULLS

By contrast, the fixtures for Brighton are quite menacing indeed.

They are one of only 12 teams with a Blank Gameweek 18 fixture but considering it is at Manchester City, interest in their assets is likely to be low indeed – especially with Spurs (home) and Liverpool (away) coming up in Gameweeks 21 and 22. 

 Nevertheless, Leandro Trossard (£5.7m) was a standout player for the Seagulls in their 3-3 draw with Wolves, producing two assists and securing maximum bonus for an 11-point haul.

The Belgian is by no means in a purple patch in terms of converting his displays into points, those two assists his first attacking returns since Gameweek 4.

However, the underlying numbers have been mildly encouraging for him over the last four matches, his total of 11 key passes the eighth-best among all midfielders over their last four matches.

Meanwhile, Neal Maupay (£6.1m) is in a strong position to reclaim the centre-forward berth at Brighton.

Danny Welbeck (£5.5m) missed out on a starting place for the second match in a row due to a knee injury and Aaron Connolly (£5.2m) came at half-time with a knock.

“We had a game on Sunday and one on Tuesday, one day in between the matches. Neal’s had a big workload.” – Graham Potter

“We’re missing Danny Welbeck who still hasn’t recovered from a setback against West Ham.” – Graham Potter

That allowed Maupay to move forward from his central attacking-midfield role back into the striker position against Wolves, enabling him to win a quickfire penalty at the start of the second period.

Also with two goals in his last three for Brighton is Lewis Dunk (£4.8m). However, his colleague Adam Webster (£4.4m) can consider himself unfortunate not to have also found the net or registered a Fantasy assist.

He struck the crossbar with a second-half header before substitute Andi Zeqiri (£5.0m) skied the rebound.

Webster has actually registered more shots in the box than Dunk over the last four matches and is arguably more benchable for the upcoming tough fixtures Brighton face.

Brighton and Hove Albion XI (3-4-2-1): R Sanchez; Burn (Lallana 69′), Dunk, Webster; March, Bissouma (Pröpper 46′), White, Veltman; Maupay, Trossard; Connolly (Zeqiri 46′).

Wolverhampton Wanderers XI (4-2-3-1): Patrício; Aït-Nouri, Saïss, Coady, Semedo; Neves, Moutinho; Neto, Vitinha (Kilman 64′), A Traoré; F Silva (Otasowie 87′).

Lessons learned from FPL Gameweek 17

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  1. Shifty
    • 8 Years
    10 months, 29 days ago

    Vardy gonna be a nice differential for dgw judging by RMTs.

    1. sunzip14
      • 4 Years
      10 months, 29 days ago

      Will most probably FH19, so strongly considering

    2. Party time
        10 months, 29 days ago

        Yeah we love a private party so we can have a lot to feast on 😉

      • WOLVERiNES
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        10 months, 29 days ago

        tricky fixtures, be wary.

        1. Boberella
          • 5 Years
          10 months, 28 days ago

          He loves the “tricky” ones

      • LC1
        • 6 Years
        10 months, 28 days ago

        Yup! Have Vardy in my DGW19 team so hoping for the best and that he keeps his relatively low ownership!

    3. sunzip14
      • 4 Years
      10 months, 29 days ago

      I have 2FTs and need a playing GK to field 11 but short by 0.2 to do McCarthy>Leno. Any suggestions on how to generate that fund is greatly appreciated. Will probably FH 19.

      McCarthy*
      Dier, Holding, Mitchell
      KDB, Son, Bruno, Zaha, Grealish
      Kane, DCL

      Forster, Brewster, Justin*, Coufal*

      Some options under consideration:
      A) McCarthy+ Brewster> Leno+ 4.3 fodder
      B) McCarthy+Justin> Leno + Clark
      C) McCarthy+ Zaha> Leno+Saka/Neto?
      D) McCarthy+DCL> Leno+Wilson

      1. WOLVERiNES
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        10 months, 29 days ago

        zaha > saka
        mccarthy > Martinez works long term

        Also keep an eye out for Antonio game time.

        1. sunzip14
          • 4 Years
          10 months, 29 days ago

          Arsenal fixtures good until 24 and second WC will most likely be deployed around that to prepare for DGW and BB. So, thinking Leno could be a good option until then.

          Anotnio and West Ham defense are great enablers for FH 19. Thank you, will monitor his game time.

      2. GoonSquad
        • 10 Years
        10 months, 29 days ago

        Justin to Targett.

        1. sunzip14
          • 4 Years
          10 months, 29 days ago

          Will be .1 short for McCarthy>Leno. Bought Justin at 4.5

    4. Phil's Stamps
      • 10 Years
      10 months, 29 days ago

      Do you think it's acceptable to BB without a playing keeper?

      My bench would be: Soucek, Stones & Coufal.

      I'll be on a -8 with those, so any additional keeper would be for another hit. I guess it's best to save the hit and also the later transfer to get rid of them, right?

      1. GoonSquad
        • 10 Years
        10 months, 29 days ago

        No

        1. Phil's Stamps
          • 10 Years
          10 months, 29 days ago

          No, don't get in a 2nd keeper?

      2. sunzip14
        • 4 Years
        10 months, 29 days ago

        No

      3. Wılly
        • 8 Years
        10 months, 29 days ago

        Doesn't sound like it's worth bench boosting if you have to take a -8.

        In the instance of your keeper though, you can see the hit as only being a -2.

        1. Phil's Stamps
          • 10 Years
          10 months, 28 days ago

          It's not ideal but it's more of a -4 this week and -4 next week in order to avoid using my FH for the blank, it also lets me keep my team structure and sets me up well for the following fixtures. The FPL Wire guys pointed out the benefits of using the BB early so I'm going to give it a whirl. I think those three doublers on the bench should easily cover the hits and then some.

      4. Free Hat
        • 2 Years
        10 months, 28 days ago

        Like you said, for me very acceptable.

        Assuming the 2nd gk will be in the 4.5 m range and I cant see keeping those two CSs.

        So the best you can hope for is 8 points or so. And in the worst maybe just 4 points to break even.

        So for me not worth it if you have to transfer out later again...

        1. Phil's Stamps
          • 10 Years
          10 months, 28 days ago

          Yeah it would be Meslier fopr exact moneyy if I can ride out the price changes; and the way Leeds play I can see him bringing in 6 points at best during the double. I'm not touching the WBA or Fulham keepers.

      5. Phil's Stamps
        • 10 Years
        10 months, 28 days ago

        Thanks everyone.

    5. Karan14
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      10 months, 29 days ago

      Martinez
      Cancelo Dias Kilman Mitchell
      Bruno Grealish Mane
      DCL Brewster

      (Steer Salah Robbo Bam Raphinha)
      0.3m & 2 FTs

      Mane ➡️ KDB and save other FT?

      1. Phil's Stamps
        • 10 Years
        10 months, 29 days ago

        Yep.

      2. sunzip14
        • 4 Years
        10 months, 29 days ago

        Easy move. No spurs could hurt even more though

    6. Elly88 > KTR (Kevin The …
      • 9 Years
      10 months, 29 days ago

      Pick 1
      A. Dunne + Dias/Cancelo > Holding +Stones (-4)
      B. Dunne > Mitchelle

      Ta!

      1. Elly88 > KTR (Kevin The …
        • 9 Years
        10 months, 29 days ago

        ll to give me 9 players

    7. Ruinenlust
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 29 days ago

      What’s wrong with McCarthy?

      1. Mbeumo's Post: 7✅
        • 10 Years
        10 months, 29 days ago

        covid

    8. Mbeumo's Post: 7✅
      • 10 Years
      10 months, 29 days ago

      Son or Kane need to go t get KDB? Who would you keep?

      1. Bielsa Murderball
        • 1 Year
        10 months, 29 days ago

        Kane imo because they both score the same number of points and Son is cheaper

        1. Bielsa Murderball
          • 1 Year
          10 months, 28 days ago

          oh sorry i misread the question...remove kane 🙂

      2. Sharkytect
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        10 months, 28 days ago

        Keep son. Better value

      3. Boberella
        • 5 Years
        10 months, 28 days ago

        Keep Son.
        Cheaper and similar if not better points potential with CSs and more pts for goals

    9. h3nh3n
      • 1 Year
      10 months, 29 days ago

      Spent four hours on a spread sheet yesterday to make this team for FH 18:

      Darlow Martin
      Stones Cancelo AWB (Yedlin Douglas)
      De Bruyne Bruno Son Smith-Rowe (Riedewald)
      Kane Martial Lacazette

      Thoughts?

      1. Bielsa Murderball
        • 1 Year
        10 months, 29 days ago

        Template. Looks good though 🙂

    10. Bielsa Murderball
      • 1 Year
      10 months, 29 days ago

      What is the recommended number of DGW players required if you're not going to play FH or bench boost in 19?

      1. h3nh3n
        • 1 Year
        10 months, 29 days ago

        Everyone plays, so FH maybe if only 6 are doubling???
        BB 12/13 people doubling

      2. CAVEAT KING
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        10 months, 29 days ago

        Depends on strategy. For example, Son plays SGW but against Shef Utd. If you get my meaning?

        1. Bielsa Murderball
          • 1 Year
          10 months, 29 days ago

          okay thanks!
          So then, would you play
          A) Bednarek vs LEI & LEE
          B) Holding vs NEW
          C) Dier vs SHU
          Value your opinion 🙂

          1. h3nh3n
            • 1 Year
            10 months, 28 days ago

            Dier should clean sheet, it depends on how well you think bednarek can play. I don’t think he’ll keep any clean sheets, but if he scores or assists he’ll outplay dier

          2. CAVEAT KING
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            10 months, 28 days ago

            A hard one. The SGW players have a good chance of a clean sheet and the Bednarek could get 2 blanks. I would favour A

      3. Sharkytect
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        10 months, 28 days ago

        Basically depends on your 4 subs. Are they going to be Son, Kane and lacazette? Then still bench boost even though none have double.

        (It won’t be them, I know)

    11. S.Kuqi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      10 months, 29 days ago

      Is Cancelo worth 0.7 more than Stones?

      1. Party time
          10 months, 29 days ago

          Yes, I think so

        • Bielsa Murderball
          • 1 Year
          10 months, 29 days ago

          Yep

        • S.Kuqi
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          10 months, 29 days ago

          Thanks

        • Casual Player
          • 1 Year
          10 months, 28 days ago

          I don’t think he is

        • LC1
          • 6 Years
          10 months, 28 days ago

          I reckon so

        • Gandalf
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          10 months, 28 days ago

          Yup

      2. Party time
          10 months, 29 days ago

          Ronaldo broke Pele’s record number of goals last night. Bican on 805, it will be interesting to see if Ronaldo can break that too.

          An absolute beast

        • Akshatjazz
          • 2 Years
          10 months, 29 days ago

          Should I FH in GW18 ? Have 1m itb

          Already have 8 players playing in GW18

          Martinez
          Dias, stones
          KDB, son, bruno, grealish
          Brewster

          Not playing - coufal, Kwp, McCarthy, Dallas, Salah, bamford, Rodrigo

          1. The Overthinker
            • 4 Years
            10 months, 29 days ago

            Just replace kwp and you'll be fine

            1. Akshatjazz
              • 2 Years
              10 months, 28 days ago

              replace with ?

              1. h3nh3n
                • 1 Year
                10 months, 28 days ago

                Clarke is similar price and against Sheffield United

                1. Akshatjazz
                  • 2 Years
                  10 months, 28 days ago

                  which team he is from ?

        • The Overthinker
          • 4 Years
          10 months, 29 days ago

          Last spot on FH to decide.

          Currently I've gone with Fernandez.
          Who in your opinion bis the best def to have ? Budget 5.1

          Current def
          Leno
          Dias Bailly Fernandez ( Mitchell 3.8)

          1. h3nh3n
            • 1 Year
            10 months, 28 days ago

            Stones

          2. Pukki Party
            • 4 Years
            10 months, 28 days ago

            Stones if you don't have double ManCity attack. Fernandez is good otherwise or Keane.

        • Pukki Party
          • 4 Years
          10 months, 28 days ago

          Thoughts on FH here? Lacks Kane but got in a few pen takers.

          Darlow
          Cancelo Wan Bissaka Holding
          Sterling KDB Bruno Son El Ghazi
          Wilson Richarlison

          4.0 Mitchell Ampadu Brewster

          1. h3nh3n
            • 1 Year
            10 months, 28 days ago

            Similar to most, but I like the idea of richarlison up top

        • pakornk
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          10 months, 28 days ago

          Vardy keep or sell?

          1. TorresMagic™
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • Has Moderation Rights
            • 12 Years
            10 months, 28 days ago

            Do you want him in 29?

          2. Mbeumo's Post: 7✅
            • 10 Years
            10 months, 28 days ago

            sell

          3. LC1
            • 6 Years
            10 months, 28 days ago

            Keep for 29

        • hueycho
          • 2 Years
          10 months, 28 days ago

          is macarthy out tonight?!

          1. TorresMagic™
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • Has Moderation Rights
            • 12 Years
            10 months, 28 days ago

            yes

        • TorresMagic™
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 12 Years
          10 months, 28 days ago

          LMS EO's left

          Salah 110, Robbo 43, (McCarthy 24), Adams 13, TAA 12

          1. The Suspended One
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            10 months, 28 days ago

            Almost fell out last week.. better to be lucky than good

          2. mojoindojo
            • 7 Years
            10 months, 28 days ago

            Where can I find each weeks cut-off score? Thx

              1. mojoindojo
                • 7 Years
                10 months, 28 days ago

                Thanks. Missed in gw12 by 1 point. 47(-4)

        • Steager
          • 4 Years
          10 months, 28 days ago

          on a WC. BB GW19
          A) Cavani and Dallas
          B) Wilson and Chillwell

          WC team below, any suggestions welcome:

          McCarthy/*Martinez
          *Shaw/*Stones/*Lowton/*Holding/DALLAS or CHILWELL
          *Son/*KDB/*Bruno/Soucek/Salah
          *Watkins/Bamford/*WILSON or CAVANI

          * All play in Blank

          Cavani plays in doubles and blank so leaning towards him. Wilson has Shef United in blank, would transfer to Adam's for Doubles.

        • S.Kuqi
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          10 months, 28 days ago

          How does my wildcard team look?

          Gw19: Rich&Son -> Rodrigo/Adams & Salah

          Martinez (Fabianski)
          Cancelo-Dias-Awb (Coufal,Robbo)
          Kdb-Son-Bruno (Soucek,Raphinha)
          Richarlison - Watkins

          1. S.Kuqi
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            10 months, 28 days ago

            Bamford my third striker

          2. Steager
            • 4 Years
            10 months, 28 days ago

            not sure about Richarlson. Maybe to Cavani or Wilson, have posted my team above lol.
            Maybe spend less on defence, invest more on 4th and 5th mid.

          3. CAVEAT KING
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            10 months, 28 days ago

            Richa a nice punt

        • seewhyaxe
          • 4 Years
          10 months, 28 days ago

          Cup opponent leading me 2 pts.

          He has Adams + Salah.
          I have TAA, Robertson + Salah.

          If Adams misses out, he gets a jammy 11 pts from Soucek. Gonna be an interesting one.

          1. The Suspended One
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            10 months, 28 days ago

            Adams supposed to be rested

            1. seewhyaxe
              • 4 Years
              10 months, 28 days ago

              Yup I'm aware of that, apparently he missed training.

              So I'd need a Pool cs with some bonus pts.

          2. jamesjoseph2770
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            10 months, 28 days ago

            Hard luck mate..

        • Akshatjazz
          • 2 Years
          10 months, 28 days ago

          This is my GW18 team, should I FH ? (have 1m itb)

          Martinez
          Dias, Stones
          KDB, Son, Grealish, Bruno
          Brewster

          rest - McCarthy, Dallas, Kwp, Coufal, Salah, Bamford, Rodrigo

        • Azathoth
          • 7 Years
          10 months, 28 days ago

          Allow me to ask:Andy Carroll got the 3 baps because he managed not to get injured,after playing 11 whole mins?

          1. TorresMagic™
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • Has Moderation Rights
            • 12 Years
            10 months, 28 days ago

            Forwards get the most bps for a goal.

        • ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
          • 5 Years
          10 months, 28 days ago

          DCL to Ings/Martial worth a hit for GW19 BB possibly?

          1. mojoindojo
            • 7 Years
            10 months, 28 days ago

            I'd do it.

          2. Ruth_NZ
            • 6 Years
            10 months, 28 days ago

            Yes but for Ings, mainly because he has Leeds that week. Cavani back screws Martial unfortunately.

        • King Drogba11
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          10 months, 28 days ago

          Noob question...

          If I make a transfer before using my FH will my team reset back to my team before the transfer or after ?

          1. mojoindojo
            • 7 Years
            10 months, 28 days ago

            Before

            1. King Drogba11
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              10 months, 28 days ago

              Ok I did Kane & Reed >>> KDB & Davis so that won’t be there going into the double ?

              1. TorresMagic™
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • Has Moderation Rights
                • 12 Years
                10 months, 28 days ago

                Kane and Reed return if you FH.

          2. Bielsa Murderball
            • 1 Year
            10 months, 28 days ago

            Before.

        • Flair
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          10 months, 28 days ago

          Thoughts on this FH squad?

          Leno

          Cancelo - Fernandez - Clark

          Sterling - KDB - Fernandes - Rashford - Saka

          Lacazette - Wilson

          1. Ruth_NZ
            • 6 Years
            10 months, 28 days ago

            One of the best I have seen. The only change I'd make is Darlow for Leno and Tierney for Clark, that should be workable if you tighten the bench.

          2. Karan14
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            10 months, 28 days ago

            Nice!

            I think no Spurs this week could work out well and it's a risk worth taking on a FH.

          3. Flair
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            10 months, 28 days ago

            Thanks all, appreciate it. Not FH18 but did want to take a look at a draft and see how others viewed it.

        • GuenDoozy
          • 2 Years
          10 months, 28 days ago

          TC Salah a good shout for DGW19? Can see Liverpool vs United being a high scoring match.

        • Who are all Lukakus
          • 5 Years
          10 months, 28 days ago

          A defender injures and leave at 80 min, when the score is 0-0. His team has no more sub and has to play with 10 players, then concedes at 85 min. Will he get the CS points?

          1. _Ninja_
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            10 months, 28 days ago

            Yes

            1. Who are all Lukakus
              • 5 Years
              10 months, 28 days ago

              But he is never subbed out, no? Do you have any source / reference?

              1. _Ninja_
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 11 Years
                10 months, 28 days ago

                Ah ok yeah if he's not subbed then no cleanie.

          2. jtreble
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            10 months, 28 days ago

            Clean sheets
            A clean sheet is awarded for not conceding a goal whilst on the pitch and playing at least 60 minutes (excluding stoppage time).

            https://fantasy.premierleague.com/help/rules

            1. Who are all Lukakus
              • 5 Years
              10 months, 28 days ago

              "Whilst on the pitch" is ambiguous. If he left the pitch because of an injury, conceded while getting treatment, then come back to the pitch later, will he still get the CS? I doubt so

        • Skogen89
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          10 months, 28 days ago

          Gw 19 gtg?

          Martinez
          Dallas, maguire, cancelo, coufal
          Kdb, salah, grealish, bruno
          Bamford, kane

          1. Skogen89
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            10 months, 28 days ago

            With no hits, Im not usig fh or bb. Tc will be played tho