Scout Notes

The Arsenal players on the radar for Blank Gameweek 18 after West Brom win

West Bromwich Albion 0-4 Arsenal

  • Goals: Alexandre Lacazette (£8.2m) x2, Kieran Tierney (£5.5m), Bukayo Saka (£5.3m)
  • Assists: Emile Smith Rowe (£4.4m) x2, Rob Holding (£4.5m), Tierney
  • Bonus: Tierney x3, Lacazette x2, Holding x1

Arsenal brushed aside a hapless West Brom side that has now scored just once while conceding 13 times in the four league matches since Sam Allardyce took charge.

That keeps Baggies assets the wrong side of pointless, in so many senses, while Arsenal stars offer intriguing Fantasy possibilities in both the short and medium-term.

Lacca Boom

Gameweek 18’s seven fixtures are tempting managers to consider using their Free Hit chip, with the Gunners’ home match against Crystal Palace catching the eye.

The north London side have won three games on the bounce now, although their south London rivals are likely to show considerably more resistance than West Brom, having taken four points from the last six available, conceding just once along the way.

Alexandre Lacazette (£8.2m), who scored twice in four second-half minutes on Saturday, should be a strong bet to be a Free Hit striker for many.

He’s owned by just 4.6% of FPL managers and isn’t feeling huge regular transfer love despite four goals from his last three appearances, one of which was a 24-minute match-winning cameo at Brighton.

Midfield Magic

Instead, the Gameweek 18 money is going on Bukayo Saka (£5.3m), who was outstanding at West Brom, scoring his second goal in three matches.

The midfielder is currently the most-popular transfer in, with 100,000+ new managers.

But like most Arsenal assets, he’s still something of a differential, even if his 7.7% ownership figure is bettered by only Bernd Leno (£4.9m and 8.3%) among his team-mates.

Saka is providing a lot of bang for relatively little buck, with 27 points over the last three Gameweeks.

And so is Emile Smith Rowe (£4.4m), who set up two goals against the Baggies and is shaping up to be a team talisman.

He’s started the last three matches, producing three assists and helping the Gunners to three wins at exactly 6.0 points per match – no midfielder at that bargain bucket price can offer such a return.

For those on the tightest of budgets, Smith Rowe is a tempting prospect if he continues to hold down a starting spot.

Tierney Time

An understandably delighted Mikel Arteta reserved his biggest praise for defender Kieran Tierney (£5.3m), in part simply for being Scottish on a snowy night:

He’s got something special in his blood because we’re all wearing snoods, gloves and hats. He just goes out in his shorts and t-shirt! He is a joy to work with and I’m so happy for him with the goal he scored and everything he’s put in to be better every day towards the team and towards the club.

Tierney ended up with a match-leading four chances created and, with a second straight clean sheet under his belt as well, he produced a bumper 18-point haul for his 5.7% ownership.

The 6.3% on Hector Bellerin (£5.1m) were rather less well served as their man’s first-half booking persuaded Arteta to take him off after 53 minutes.

So while Tierney produced his first double-digit total of the season, the Spaniard brought in zero points.

Centre-half Rob Holding (£4.5m) also made it into double figures, thanks to an assist and one bonus point.

He’s put on over 100,000 new owners over Christmas and his price has moved up a notch as a result, but he’s still relatively cheap for a player who’s currently looking like a reliable starter in an improving backline.

Gunner Be Interesting

Free Hit or not, Arsenal players need monitoring.

After the visit of Palace, their fixtures are a mix of the good (Newcastle at home), the tough (Manchester United, also at home) and the harder to call (Southampton, Wolves and Aston Villa away, Leeds at The Emirates).

But the form of Lacazette, and the cut-price delights of Saka and co, should prompt investment, especially for those in need of a differential or two.

The Gunners could be further boosted by the return to fitness of Thomas Partey (£4.9m), with Arteta providing an injury update post-match:

Well, he hasn’t trained fully with us, but he has done most parts of training in the last few days. He’s feeling good and we will assess him if he needs another two or three sessions to see if he’s 100 per cent available to play [v Newcastle in the FA Cup].

Finding space in the midfield for a player of such quality will need to be achieved without upsetting a side that has clearly found some balance in his extended absence, of course.

As for West Brom, Allardyce continues to play the just-arrived card:

Another game gone by where we learn more about the players we have. We have learned an awful lot about what we can and cannot do.

‘Awful’ is the word and Fantasy managers learned that long ago – the only starter with anything approaching a vaguely significant ownership is keeper Sam Johnstone (£4.5m and 2.4%), who made eight stops against the Gunners to continue leading the way for saves in FPL, with 74.


West Bromwich Albion XI (4-1-4-1): Johnstone; Furlong, Ajayi, Ivanovic (Bartley 66), O’Shea; Sawyers; Diangana (Austin 45), Gallagher, M Phillips (Harper 81), M Pereira; C Robinson. 

Arsenal XI (4-3-3): Leno; Tierney, Mari, Holding, Bellerín (Maitland-Niles 54); Xhaka, Ceballos, Smith Rowe (Willock 77); Saka (Willian 71), Aubameyang, Lacazette.


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1,142 Comments Post a Comment
  1. gigio
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 14 days ago

    1ft, 0,3itb
    BGW18: Salah to KDB
    DGW19: Son to Salah, DCL to Rodrigo (-4) (have Kane and Dier)
    Makes sense? Or should I use FH for BGW? Leaning towards saving since I can field 8 players (9 w/ KDB)

    1. 2OLEgend
        3 months, 14 days ago

        Looks good. Save FH

      • Tonyawesome69 FHXX
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 14 days ago

        Depends on the 8 players but probably save FH

        1. gigio
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 14 days ago

          Sanchez
          Holding-Dier
          Bruno-Grealish-Son
          Kane-DCL

      • All about the galacticos
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 14 days ago

        if you have 8+ (including kdb & Bruno) save FH

      • gigio
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 14 days ago

        Will do. Cheers mates and GL

    2. Mika-eel
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 14 days ago

      Does the yellow threshold change to 10 at the start of GW 19? Don't want Grealish to get a yellow and miss the second game.

      Thanks.

      1. gogs67
          3 months, 14 days ago

          "Aston Villa play their 19th fixture in Gameweek 20, and Grealish must avoid picking up another yellow card before Gameweek 21 to evade a ban."

          1. Mika-eel
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 14 days ago

            Thank you.

          2. Dreaming of glory
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 14 days ago

            He’s not making it another 4 weeks without a yellow. Has only went 4 games without one so far and is currently on a 2 game streak

            1. Mika-eel
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 14 days ago

              Think I might just replace for GW19. Hope he doesnt do a Costa and never gets that 5th yellow.

        • Tonyawesome69 FHXX
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 14 days ago

          After 19th game is played i.e. GW20 for Villa

          1. Mika-eel
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 14 days ago

            Thank you Tony.

        • fr3d
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 14 days ago

          Villa have only played 15 games, so he'll have to avoid yc until GW20 if I'm not mistaken

          1. Mika-eel
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 14 days ago

            Ah, makes sense then. Thanks so much.

        • gogs67
            3 months, 14 days ago

            And Bruno's on 3, could be a horrible worst case scenario if he picks up a couple of bookings in the next two matches!!

            1. Mika-eel
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 14 days ago

              Definitely. But Bruno is worth the risk. Would be a brave or foolish player to not have him in 19.

              1. gogs67
                  3 months, 14 days ago

                  I'm holding onto both, quite a gamble!!

          • Inazuma X1
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 14 days ago

            Will the pressers for the DGW teams be before or after BGW18??

          • Pukkipartyy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 14 days ago

            FH or not this lot?

            (-4)
            Martinez
            Dias Cancelo Holding
            Grealish Bruno Son KDB
            DCL Brewster

            And what is the upside for holding FH?
            Thx!

            1. Well you know, Triffic
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              3 months, 14 days ago

              No that's a good team.

            2. Davros
              • 11 Years
              3 months, 14 days ago

              I would hold.

            3. Tonyawesome69 FHXX
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 14 days ago

              Save FH and use it in future BGW or DGW

            4. Poetry in motion
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 14 days ago

              Hold FH, it's worth more than you would gain by playing it this GW

            5. Runaway
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              3 months, 14 days ago

              It is almost a FH team other than Brewster, definitely hold the FH.

          • Well you know, Triffic
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            3 months, 14 days ago

            The people not freehitting in 18, what's the rationale? Do you expect it to be more useful in future weeks?

            1. Holmes
              • 7 Years
              3 months, 14 days ago

              Just dont feel the need, team looks fine and not much upside

            2. johnnymorrocco
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              3 months, 14 days ago

              There has to be better opps in future surely ?? 3 arsenal players does not excite at all

              1. Well you know, Triffic
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                3 months, 14 days ago

                They are in form tbh. You could argue United and City have amazing games in 18.

            3. Steve The Spud
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              3 months, 14 days ago

              Wc’ing myself, bb 19 and save the free hit for later in the season

              Rationale is there is more weeks between the blank and double next time so shouldn’t be to hard to prepare for and I personally believe we are through the worst of the Covid stuff

              1. Well you know, Triffic
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                3 months, 14 days ago

                Lol the covid stuff is just starting imo.

                1. Steve The Spud
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 1 Year
                  3 months, 14 days ago

                  Nothing wrong with that opinion, just have to see

            4. gogs67
                3 months, 14 days ago

                Yeh, got 8 starters and will have 2 FT for 19, which will give me a great BB, so saving WC and FH for later

              • Herman Toothrot
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                3 months, 14 days ago

                Have a decent 8 playing.

                Bigger blank coming up

                1. El Presidente
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 1 Year
                  3 months, 14 days ago

                  But bigger blank means less options to choose from

                  1. Herman Toothrot
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 8 Years
                    3 months, 14 days ago

                    8 players playing in this blank.

                    Could be much less in the next.

              • Dreaming of glory
                • 5 Years
                3 months, 14 days ago

                Not sure I’d change enough players have
                Lowton - cancelo - blank
                Son - Bruno- grealish - KDB (ft)
                Kane - dcl - blank

                Is bringing in a keeper, defender, mid/fwd and probably changing lowton and maybe dcl worth it? Esp if I keep KDB for the double and have another ft to bring in someone else for 19

                1. Camzy
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 10 Years
                  3 months, 14 days ago

                  Hmm...

                  Of those players I'd only keep Bruno, KdB, Kane, Son and Cancelo. That still leaves 6 players in which you can get better options.

              • Black Knights
                • 9 Years
                3 months, 14 days ago

                I have this for free.

                Martinez (McCarthy)
                Dias, Dier, Holding (Ayling, Coufal)
                Son, KdB, Bruno, Grealish (Raph)
                Kane, DCL, Brewster

                and 2 FTs for 19. I feel like i'm not far off all that's required for 18, so it seems like a bit of a waste at this stage.

                I feel like there's gonna be a week (either another BGW or a particularly bad SGW) where i can't field close to a respectable XI and feel like it would be better used there.

              • Poetry in motion
                • 4 Years
                3 months, 14 days ago

                My rationale is that I have 11 players, 8 decent and 3 sh*te, but those 3 will still bring me ~5 points and I expect the average from those 3 spots to be 10-15 points so wouldn't gain much if I FH. I will have the core players that I want for that GW without FH.

            5. dshv
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 14 days ago

              Okay so i am in my team with kane and son the plan for dgw19 was kane and decoroba ried to antonio and vardy but now thinking cheap attack and somehow bring kdb ... ?

              1. Well you know, Triffic
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                3 months, 14 days ago

                May be best going forwards.

                1. Well you know, Triffic
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 10 Years
                  3 months, 14 days ago

                  As in kdb for the next 5-6 weeks.

            6. Oooo Matron
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 14 days ago

              Who is nailed in United's back four? Bailly, Shaw & Linderlof all tempting but can they be trusted to play?

              1. Well you know, Triffic
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                3 months, 14 days ago

                Maguire
                Awb

                Bailey, Lindelof, Shaw and Telles may get rotated.

              2. Davros
                • 11 Years
                3 months, 14 days ago

                Maguire, De Gea

            7. Marc Jobling
              • 9 Years
              3 months, 14 days ago

              McCarthy (-, x2)
              Dias (BHA, x2), Targett (TOT, x2), Taylor (MUN, x2), Mitchell (ars, mci)
              Salah (-, x2), Fernandes (bur, x2), Son (avl, shu), Grealish (TOT, x2), Soucek (-, x2)
              Kane (avl, shu), Bamford (-, x2), Calvert Lewin (wol, avl)

              That's my team right now..... 9 players for BGW18 (at most) and 9 doublers.

              What should I do? It all hinges around having De Bruyne, Coufal and Dallas. FH19 wouldn't be different enough to justify.

              1. _Ninja_
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                3 months, 14 days ago

                You can save the chips, doubt Taylor plays v manu though.

              2. PascalCygan
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                3 months, 14 days ago

                Hold your FH. If you use any chips, maybe TC19?

            8. tommo123
              • 5 Years
              3 months, 14 days ago

              Reguilon Konsa Holding Mitchell
              Neto Son Fernandes
              Kane DCL

              Stick with these 9 next week?
              Bring in 1 more on FT?
              Or use FH?

              1. Well you know, Triffic
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                3 months, 14 days ago

                You need City cover. Kdb / Dias / Cancelo

              2. Davros
                • 11 Years
                3 months, 14 days ago

                Why don’t you bring in Man City now as you’ll want them for DGW anyway

            9. _Ninja_
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              3 months, 14 days ago

              Salah->KDB worth -4 to give me 9 (possibley 10) next week?

              Martinez
              Dias Stones Taylor*
              Bruno Son Grealish
              DCL Kane

              Johnstone Coufal Dallas Soucek Salah Bamford

              1. StevenW
                • 2 Years
                3 months, 14 days ago

                I think so, I expect KDB to outscore Salah over the next 3/4 GW’s in total.

                1. _Ninja_
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 10 Years
                  3 months, 14 days ago

                  Cheers

              2. Jamie_GAWA
                • 4 Years
                3 months, 14 days ago

                I think so. If you would captain De Bruyne in gw18 and 19 I think that would imply you should make the transfer

            10. DannyDrinkVodka
              • 1 Year
              3 months, 14 days ago

              Cancelo or Dias for BGW+DGW?

              1. dshv
                • 3 Years
                3 months, 14 days ago

                Both

                1. DannyDrinkVodka
                  • 1 Year
                  3 months, 14 days ago

                  Wish I could afford both!

              2. GreennRed
                • 9 Years
                3 months, 14 days ago

                Cancelo.

              3. dshv
                • 3 Years
                3 months, 14 days ago

                Diaz

                1. El Presidente
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 1 Year
                  3 months, 14 days ago

                  Dias

              4. Poetry in motion
                • 4 Years
                3 months, 14 days ago

                Prefer Cancelo even though I brought Dias in last week (because of the covid rumours)

            11. dshv
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 14 days ago

              Team now

              Mccarthy johnstone
              Robbo dallas coufal taylor diaz
              Salah soucek bruno son rafinha
              Kane bamford deroroba ried

              ! Kane ried to vardy antonio

              Any other suggestions
              Maybe taylor to holding

            12. GreennRed
              • 9 Years
              3 months, 14 days ago

              Will Smith Rowe be an option when Partey is fit again?

              1. Pépé Pig
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                3 months, 14 days ago

                Yep. Only danger to his place is if he needs a rest, or if we sign an attacking mid in Jan. Partey will come in for Xhaka/Ceballos/Elneny. Smith Rowe coming in is literally the main reason for our upturn in form

                1. GreennRed
                  • 9 Years
                  3 months, 14 days ago

                  Yeah, touted as an Ozil replacement, 3 wins in his 3 games. The best mid fodder a man can get.

            13. merin
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              3 months, 14 days ago

              Do you see any good upgrades or changes for 1.8 ITB in this FH draft?

              Darlow (Steer)
              Maguire Cancelo Tierney (Lewis Mitchell)
              KDB Sterling Bruno Son Saka
              DCL Wilson (Davis)

              1.8 ITB

              1. h3nh3n
                  3 months, 14 days ago

                  lewis isn't nailed; id go Clarke

                • circusmonkey
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 10 Years
                  3 months, 14 days ago

                  Why save 1.8 on a free hit?

                  1. merin
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 5 Years
                    3 months, 14 days ago

                    No reason. I just have a hard time finding good upgrades to the ones I already have in my draft.

                • Magic Zico
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  3 months, 14 days ago

                  DCL > Martial

                  1. merin
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 5 Years
                    3 months, 14 days ago

                    Cheers! I guess Cavani is still banned, making Martial nailed?

              2. Jamie_GAWA
                • 4 Years
                3 months, 14 days ago

                Would you FH this team?

                Martinez
                Dias
                Stones
                Bellerin
                KDB
                Bruno
                Son
                Grealish
                DCL
                Davis (may get 1 pt)

                1. GreennRed
                  • 9 Years
                  3 months, 14 days ago

                  No.

                2. SHOWSTOPPERRR
                  • 3 Years
                  3 months, 14 days ago

                  Yes

                3. MMN
                  • 7 Years
                  3 months, 14 days ago

                  Nope

                4. JBG
                  • 2 Years
                  3 months, 14 days ago

                  No

                5. Jamie_GAWA
                  • 4 Years
                  3 months, 14 days ago

                  Cheers lads

                6. Runaway
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 9 Years
                  3 months, 14 days ago

                  No

              3. TB303
                • 4 Years
                3 months, 14 days ago

                Please can I have your comments/advice on my first BGW draft.

                Darlow

                Holding-Saiis-Dias

                Saka-Fernandes-Kdb-Son-Grealish

                Lacazette - Kane

                1. StevenW
                  • 2 Years
                  3 months, 14 days ago

                  GTG!

                2. TB303
                  • 4 Years
                  3 months, 14 days ago

                  Thanks do I need 3 city?
                  Or consider rashford ?

                  1. StevenW
                    • 2 Years
                    3 months, 14 days ago

                    As it’s only one week unless you’re chasing I think it makes sense to spread your risk (like you have).

                3. TB303
                  • 4 Years
                  3 months, 14 days ago

                  Cheers Steve !

              4. JBG
                • 2 Years
                3 months, 14 days ago

                Bissouma+Bowen+Salah to Smith R.+Neto+Kdb for -8 worth it so I can save my FH?

                1. GreennRed
                  • 9 Years
                  3 months, 14 days ago

                  How many potential starters will that give you?

                  1. JBG
                    • 2 Years
                    3 months, 14 days ago

                    8

                    1. GreennRed
                      • 9 Years
                      3 months, 14 days ago

                      I'd FH.

                      1. JBG
                        • 2 Years
                        3 months, 14 days ago

                        Ah ok, thanks.

                2. Poetry in motion
                  • 4 Years
                  3 months, 14 days ago

                  8 from the hit
                  points from 3 players more
                  + probably some points from cherry picking players on FH

                  sounds like enough to FH to me

              5. MMN
                • 7 Years
                3 months, 14 days ago

                No

                1. MMN
                  • 7 Years
                  3 months, 14 days ago

                  Reply fail ...

              6. Lethargio Alcantara
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                3 months, 14 days ago

                The Cup game is really close this time.
                At the moment I'm leading with 66 - 63.

                I've got Salah & TAA he has TAA, Phillips & JWP.

                1. h3nh3n
                    3 months, 14 days ago

                    salah + 3 > philips + jwp imo

                    I didn't qualify for the cup because of postponements...and got 92 points this week...im annoyed

                    1. Lethargio Alcantara
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 2 Years
                      3 months, 14 days ago

                      really annoying this year, I feel they should have found a better solution for this.

                2. StevenW
                  • 2 Years
                  3 months, 14 days ago

                  Stuck planning DGW.

                  Mendy (Ramsdale)
                  Stones Bellerin Coufal (Targett Dier)
                  Mahrez Bruno KDB Grealish Salah
                  Watkins DCL (Brewster)

                  Will have 2FT but 0.0ITB

                  Seems better to TC vs BB & if so;

                  Which looks better Mahrez + DCL ->
                  A) Raphina + Antonio (0.8itb)
                  B) Soucek + Bamford (0.9itb)

                  TC:
                  1) KDB
                  2) Salah
                  3) Bruno

                  IF bench boost: how?!

                  All chips currently available

                  Thank for your any help! Much appreciated!!

                  1. Bleh
                    • 4 Years
                    3 months, 14 days ago

                    B1. Save BB for after you play your second wildcard if easier.

                    1. StevenW
                      • 2 Years
                      3 months, 14 days ago

                      Cheers! Certainly what I’m leaning towards. Not happy with GK’s either but think I’ll leave until later date & hope Chelsea solidify again

                  2. PascalCygan
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 3 Years
                    3 months, 14 days ago

                    B2, wouldn’t BB

                3. Herman Toothrot
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 8 Years
                  3 months, 14 days ago

                  Any news on Adams?

                  1. Sean
                    • 11 Years
                    3 months, 14 days ago

                    25 pictures of training session on Saturday and he wasn't in any of them, hence the rumblings.

                4. DannyDrinkVodka
                  • 1 Year
                  3 months, 14 days ago

                  I am in a weird position of hoping for a Grealish YC in GW18.........just so I don't have to make a decision on whether I should bench Grealish or Watkins for DGW19

                  1. Bleh
                    • 4 Years
                    3 months, 14 days ago

                    Prefer Grealish on one leg to Watkins still.

                  2. StevenW
                    • 2 Years
                    3 months, 14 days ago

                    I’m sure I saw a comment about YC’s being wiped after a certain GW.

                    1. Black Knights
                      • 9 Years
                      3 months, 14 days ago

                      Yeah but that won't be until GW21 for Villa as they need to play 19 games first and they're behind.

                      1. StevenW
                        • 2 Years
                        3 months, 14 days ago

                        Cheers! Good to know

                    2. Jimmers
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 10 Years
                      3 months, 14 days ago

                      Not wiped but the threshold goers from 5 to 10 after GW19

                5. Street Friend
                  • 9 Years
                  3 months, 14 days ago

                  Current DGW18 bench boost defence with 1FT 3.4ITB
                  Other move is Burke to Leeds mid

                  McCarthy 4.0
                  Targett zouma dias dier coufal

                  Would you
                  A) 4.0 to ederson -4

                  B) 4.0 & zouma to ederson & stones -8

                  C) 4.0 & targett to Fabianski & stones -8

                6. Bleh
                  • 4 Years
                  3 months, 14 days ago

                  Coming from someone with double City def already, I’d save you the heartbreak and suggest A.

                  1. Bleh
                    • 4 Years
                    3 months, 14 days ago

                    Reply fail to above.

                  2. Holmes
                    • 7 Years
                    3 months, 14 days ago

                    Its fun when it works though...

                    1. Bleh
                      • 4 Years
                      3 months, 14 days ago

                      Replying or double def...?

                  3. Street Friend
                    • 9 Years
                    3 months, 14 days ago

                    Thanks. Feels the right way to go about things but triple is an exciting prospect

                    1. Bleh
                      • 4 Years
                      3 months, 14 days ago

                      Just realised you had Dias too! Definitely save your third City spot for an attacker - you may want to switch strategies later down the line.

                7. tc93
                  • 2 Years
                  3 months, 14 days ago

                  Got 2FT, 1.0ITB, planning on riding out gw18 with 6 or so players- then using TC in gw19 on salah. Any moves I to prioritise?:

                  1) Ayling —> Coufal
                  2) Ayling —> Stones
                  3) other?

                  Team:
                  Martinez
                  Robinson / KWP / Dias
                  Salah / Fernandes (c) / Son / Soucek / KDB
                  Adams / Bamford

                  Bench: Button, Ayling, Michell, Davis.

                  1. PascalCygan
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 3 Years
                    3 months, 14 days ago

                    I wouldn’t lose Ayling before his double. If that’s Robinson from Sheff Utd, can you change him to Stones?

                    1. tc93
                      • 2 Years
                      3 months, 14 days ago

                      Haha ooops typo- meant to say Robertson

                      1. PascalCygan
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 3 Years
                        3 months, 14 days ago

                        Keep him then!

                8. PascalCygan
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  3 months, 14 days ago

                  To free hit or not to free hit? That is still the question, and will be for a while.

                  Using my 2FTs, I can get to something like:

                  Martinez
                  Holding Cancelo
                  KDB Bruno Son
                  Wilson (who is currently DCL) Watkins

                  My concerns include: no Kane, only 8 players, no triple City, only 1 Arsenal... and chips are good for being aggressive, not just getting by...

                  FH or no FH ?

                  I’m going to BB19 all being well. Got 12 (usually) starting double players, will take out DCL and Holding out for Dallas and Adams/Wood.

                  Thanks!

                9. Steager
                  • 3 Years
                  3 months, 14 days ago

                  Is Smith Rowe nailed, at 4.4 he seems a very good pick?
                  Too risky for Blank and BB In GW19?

                  1. PascalCygan
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 3 Years
                    3 months, 14 days ago

                    Can’t see him getting dropped on current form and wouldn’t think he needs a rest yet

                    1. el polako
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 3 Years
                      3 months, 14 days ago

                      Martinelli have been dropped after 2 starts in which he played very well, sure Smith Rowe looks more solid pick but wouldn't put past Arteta some rotation.

                      Anyway at this price point no reasons to complain even when benched.

                      1. The Count of Monte Cristo
                        • 8 Years
                        3 months, 14 days ago

                        This, though Martinelli is coming back from a long term injury so I think Arteta was being a little cautious.

                        Keep an eye on Arsenal's FA Cup fixture vs Newcastle on Saturday to see the side Arteta puts out.

                10. The Mantis
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  3 months, 14 days ago

                  Is it worth FH this team? I have 8 players (at a push) playing and 2 FT.

                  Martinez

                  Mitchell / Dias / Lowton

                  KDB / Bruno / Bissouma*

                  DCL / Kane

                  (Button / Soucek / Bamford / Cresswell) on bench not playing

                  Bissouma has to go, I'm just wondering if I should make 2 FT with players playing this week and also have a double next week. But my team doesn't look that great on paper

                  1. circusmonkey
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 10 Years
                    3 months, 14 days ago

                    not worth FH if you can get 9 or 10 out.

                    1. JBG
                      • 2 Years
                      3 months, 14 days ago

                      This

                    2. The Mantis
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 4 Years
                      3 months, 14 days ago

                      Any ideas who I could bring in? Obviously I don't want to take out anyone who is playing, but then again I don't want to out anyone who isn't playing either really. Bissouma to Smith Rowe could be only option...

                      1. circusmonkey
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 10 Years
                        3 months, 14 days ago

                        Yeah do that, you haven't posted all your players but I agree you should keep your non playing bench.

                  2. _Ninja_
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 10 Years
                    3 months, 14 days ago

                    No FH

                11. JBG
                  • 2 Years
                  3 months, 14 days ago

                  RMFH please 🙂

                  Darlow-4.0
                  Dias-Stones-Holding-(Mitchell-3.9)
                  Kdb-Son-Fernandes-Grealish-Neto
                  Kane-Martial-(Davis)

                  0.0itb

                  1. h3nh3n
                      3 months, 14 days ago

                      template but good

                      1. JBG
                        • 2 Years
                        3 months, 14 days ago

                        Thanks

                    • Blue&White85
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 5 Years
                      3 months, 14 days ago

                      Looks good. I would consider having 2 City attackers though because if you ask me they have the greatest upside potential of all the teams playing. I'd also think about the bench a bit more than usual with a free hit due to the number of games being postponed. It might be worthwhile to have more playing on your bench.

                  2. Ëð
                    • 5 Years
                    3 months, 14 days ago

                    Is there any reason people are already activating their free hits? Fixtures have been so unpredictable recently surely it seems sensible to wait?

                    1. The Count of Monte Cristo
                      • 8 Years
                      3 months, 14 days ago

                      I guess there might be some who know they have no option except using the FH chip.

                      In that case I assume they are activating it now to avoid being priced out of the team they want?

                      1. Sean
                        • 11 Years
                        3 months, 14 days ago

                        Yep

                      2. Cruyff's Eleven
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 2 Years
                        3 months, 14 days ago

                        Hoping for enough price rises in the next few days to be able to afford this

                        Leno
                        Cancelo - Holding - Saiss
                        KDB - Son - Bruno - Rashford - Mahrez
                        Laca - Kane

                        Mitchell - Brewster