Scout Notes

Can FPL managers still rely on Liverpool assets for Double Gameweek 19?

SOUTHAMPTON 1-0 LIVERPOOL

  • Goals: Danny Ings (£8.3m)
  • Assists: James Ward-Prowse (£6.2m)
  • Bonus points: Ings x3, J Stephens x2, Bednarek x1

DOUBLE TROUBLE

Liverpool assets put in the worst possible audition for Double Gameweek 19 as they slumped to a 1-0 defeat to Southampton on Monday night.

During their last Premier League match before they host Manchester United and Burnley, the Reds struggled to offer much in the way of attacking quality, continuing a concerning trend ahead of the upcoming mini chip season.

Over the three matches that followed the 7-0 win at Crystal Palace, Liverpool have scored just one goal and taken two points from a possible nine. Such an achievement is all the more discouraging considering they faced West Bromwich Albion, Newcastle and Southampton.

For the first time since May 2018, Jurgen Klopp’s men have now failed to score in back-to-back league matches, having found the net in each of their 21 previous outings.

“What was disappointing (about the defeat)? How long have we got? We were not good enough. It’s our fault, my responsibility, that’s it.” – Jurgen Klopp

Liverpool can hardly protest at their misfortune either as they failed to register a shot on target until the 75th minute when Sadio Mané (£11.9m) finally found some space to shoot but tested Fraser Forster (£4.0m) only with a low, scuffed effort.

That was the longest the Reds have had to wait for an accurate effort in a Premier League match since December 2015, 89 minutes into a 2-0 defeat at Newcastle two months into Klopp’s Liverpool tenure.

“We were dominant in the right areas, had the moments but then the decision-making was not that good. The last pass, we missed the last pass. I heard now we only had one shot on target; we had a lot of shots next to the target which we did not finish, but even with them we probably did not have enough for the moments we had. Our fault, my responsibility and that’s it.” – Jurgen Klopp

ALWAYS CAPTAIN… WHO?

Fantasy managers considering Mohamed Salah (£12.6m) for the Double Gameweek 19 captaincy are almost certainly having second thoughts in the break between Gameweeks 17 and Blank Gameweek 18.

After scoring 16 points as a substitute against Crystal Palace, the Egyptian has now blanked in each of his last three Premier League appearances.

That is the longest he has gone without an attacking return in 2020/21 and, against Southampton, there was very little in the way of straws to clutch at.

Most of Liverpool’s play went down the left-hand side through Andrew Robertson (£7.4m) and Mané on Monday night, their crosses into the box well dealt with by Jack Stephens (£4.6m) and Jan Bednarek (£4.9m) before they could get through to Salah. As a result, Southampton now have more clean sheets in the last four matches (three) than any other side.

Kyle Walker-Peters (£4.8m) also impressed in his handling of Liverpool’s left-sided attackers and in one of the rare moments where Mané got the better of him, the cross was just too high for Salah to get over it, his effort going over the bar.

Meanwhile, the right-winger’s link-up with Trent Alexander-Arnold (£7.3m) was virtually non-existent as the Englishman had one of his worst games in a Liverpool shirt to date. He gave the ball away 38 times against Southampton, the most of any player in one match this season – and he only featured for 77 minutes before James Milner (£5.3m) replaced him.

So then… what now for Salah as a captain candidate in Double Gameweek 19? After all, Kevin De Bruyne (£11.6m) scored a double-digit haul operating as a false-nine at Chelsea and faces Crystal Palace and Aston Villa in that round.

Meanwhile, both of Bruno Fernandes‘ (£11.3m) Double Gameweek 19 matches are on the road, where he has produced 10 points per game this season.

And the other advantage they have over Salah is another chance to impress. It is clear that Liverpool have serious attacking problems right now but the only chance Fantasy managers will have to assess whether or not they have made progress in solving them is a third-round FA Cup tie against Aston Villa on Friday.

However, how much we will be able to read into that match remains to be seen. Considering the busy December schedule, which does not let up in January, Klopp and Dean Smith are almost certain to chop and change their teams.

As a result, potential Salah backers have only the last three matches to rely on for their captaincy decision – and they were not encouraging.

By contrast, De Bruyne and Fernandes both feature in Blank Gameweek 18 bringing their existing form into relatively appealing matches likely to allow for encouraging Double Gameweek 19 captaincy auditions.

“They are football problems; yes, we are worried about that but football problems you solve with football and that’s what we are working on. We know about the situation, we are not silly, and we have to show a reaction, 100 per cent.” – Jurgen Klopp

SITTING ON DEFENCE

Liverpool’s Monday-night defeat did not do wonders for their defensive assets ahead of Double Gameweek 19 either.

Once again, they were patched up in that department, Jordan Henderson (£5.4m) dropping into centre-back alongside Fabinho (£5.4m) in Joel Matip‘s (£5.4m) continued absence.

However, a lapse in concentration during an early James Ward-Prowse (£6.2m) free-kick from Alexander-Arnold allowed Danny Ings (£8.3m) to nip in and find the net.

“His finishing is quality but he works hard for the team too. It is important that he is fit and he’s back.” – Ralph Hasenhüttl

Interest in Liverpool defenders had been relatively high for this game considering Southampton went three matches without scoring between Gameweeks 14 and 16.

They even came into Gameweek 17 with a number of key absentees including Alex McCarthy (£4.7m), Jannik Vestergaard (£4.8m), Oriol Romeu (£4.5m) and Che Adams (£6.1m) who missed out due to self-isolation, knee issues, a calf problem and concussion respectively.

“Oriol [Romeu], maybe one or two weeks out, so hopefully for the Leicester game he is back. Moussa [Djenepo], looks not so good. Che [Adams] is only out with a concussion, so hopefully also back as soon as possible.” – Ralph Hasenhüttl

They even lost Moussa Djenepo (£5.4m) to hamstring problem during the first half, making way for 21-year-old Nathan Tella (£4.4m), but still had enough about them to absorb Liverpool’s pressure and stretch the visitors’ defence on the counter-attack in key moments.

“(Djenepo) had a bad injury history with his muscles. It was maybe a setback. I said to him head-up, he will come back strong and I tried to give him a lift.” – Ralph Hasenhüttl

“We had so many injuries and still competed. I think the system works.” – Ralph Hasenhüttl

Southampton XI (4-4-2): Forster; Bertrand, Bednarek, J Stephens, Walker-Peters; Djenepo (Tella 32′), Ward-Prowse, Diallo, Armstrong; Walcott (Valery 82′), Ings (Nlundulu 77′).

Liverpool XI (4-3-3): Alisson; Robertson, Fabinho, J Henderson, Alexander-Arnold (Milner 77′); Oxlade-Chamberlain (Shaqiri 57′), Wijnaldum, Thiago; Mané, Firmino, Salah.

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1,182 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Bobby Digital
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 23 days ago

    Can't see the order in the chip strategy poll. Only shows Tackle BGW...

    1. _Ninja_
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      Play the Free Hit regardless
      44.57% (82 votes)

      Tackle BGW18 with free transfers (no hit)
      25.54% (47 votes)

      Tackle BGW18 with free transfers (one hit)
      17.39% (32 votes)

      Tackle BGW18 with free transfers (two or more hits)
      5.98% (11 votes)

      Play the Wildcard
      3.26% (6 votes)

      Only play the Free Hit if my team sustains injuries
      2.17% (4 votes)

      Play the Triple Captain
      1.09% (2 votes

      1. Bobby Digital
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 23 days ago

        Cheers Ninja

      2. Pep bites Kun
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 23 days ago

        Thanks Ninya - very small poll population there. Didn't see/vote it either

    2. ⱼₐᵣᵥᵢₛₕ
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      Bit of poor design there!

      1. Pep bites Kun
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 23 days ago

        You're on about aesthetics? 🙂 Give me good data any day o/

        1. ⱼₐᵣᵥᵢₛₕ
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 23 days ago

          Data isn't much good if you can't read it! Cheers to Ninja for posting it 🙂

    3. Sanchit
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      Where can I vote?

      1. _Ninja_
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 23 days ago

        On the main page for me above the captain poll

        1. Pep bites Kun
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 23 days ago

          Done! Never scroll down that far 🙂
          Just a suggestion: Prob be better if you aim polls in between articles & comments. I reckon you'd get wider peeps and a more accurate picture of population

  2. jay01
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 23 days ago

    Anyone else feeling demotivated about their team?

    Rival is 75 points ahead and im sat at 1.5 million itw. No idea what to do anymore

    1. THFC4LIFE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      Post your team, chips, any free transfers and money in the bank, lots will help you out

      1. jay01
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 23 days ago

        Thanks for the offer, i will do soon just feel so tired of it atm

    2. Stormbringer22
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 23 days ago

      Not exactly demotivated, but quite frustrated with myself. Did a KDB to Vardy switcharoo last week. The next day, City announce a DGW in 19, KDB hauls, and Vardy gets only an assist v Newcastle. Scrambling to get KDB back in somehow now

      1. jay01
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 23 days ago

        Ive had similar run ins but with captain decisions. Miss Salahs haul off the bench then captain his 3 blanks in a row

        1. Stormbringer22
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 23 days ago

          It will get better mate, keep your head up. 1.5m OR isn't that bad, you can more than make-up the ground by the end of the season.

    3. ALI_G
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      1.5m is not bad

      plenty of time

      last year went from 3m to 15k in the space of 20 weeks

      1. ⱼₐᵣᵥᵢₛₕ
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 23 days ago

        Hi Ali - I've got an FPL-related project you might be interested in that many of us are involved in - can you drop me an email? Kurt-grohl@gmx.com. Cheers 🙂

      2. jay01
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 23 days ago

        Thats awesome. What was the key to that?

        1. ALI_G
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 23 days ago

          sorry for late reply.

          I jumped on Vardy very close to the start of his run and perm captained for about 10 weeks. I literally got 10 green arrows in a row,
          then played a really good FH after the return from lockdown getting 140 points then the average was 80

    4. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      If they can get ahead of you by 75 points in 17 GWs you can easily make that up on them in the remaining 21 GWs. I've caught up a rival 100 points ahead in the final 4 GWs once.

      1. jay01
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 23 days ago

        Very true to put it in perspective. Guess its frustrating at the moment while the games aint on, will log out for a bit

    5. Pep bites Kun
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      Made up 60+ ml points in Nov/Dec. Keep plugging with the right decisions and don't be afraid to be a little adventurous 😉

    6. Wrong Captain Choice - Ag i…
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      I am around that rank myself 1.3. If you have done anything like myself it has been one step forwards and two back. So you have no doubt made a few mistakes like myself. Do your research. stick to your decisions and don't panic. I am 48 points off the top 500k and 41 points ahead of 2m.

      It is fairly tight that sort of ranking area. Personally I am aiming for top 500k at the moment and wouldnt be too disappointed if I finished there at the end of the season. Motivate yourself to see where you can finish at the end of the season. And better still make note of the mistakes you think you have made - so you can use them as reference the following season.

      1. Trophé Mourinho
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 23 days ago

        I’m 1mil at moment and fully expect to be around 400k by the end of GW19 (not even playing a chip in 19, just BB in 18).

        1. Black Knights
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 23 days ago

          You're BBing in blank GW18? Wild.

          1. Trophé Mourinho
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 23 days ago

            Sorry I meant FH 🙂

            1. Wrong Captain Choice - Ag i…
              • 11 Years
              1 month, 23 days ago

              I was wondering. Would have been an interesting experiment to BB GW19. Likely low scoring gameweek could gain 40 points if it went well. And a couple of hits gw19 could still be up.

    7. My heart goes Salalalalah
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      Chin up! My rival is 87 in the lead, he's never even finished close to me! 1.2m OR for me.

      Always try and keep in mind that this is a free game, loads of fun and makes for great banter. I haven't ever watched a game of football, before I was invited by work colleagues to play FPL. Because I always took their money playing fantasy rugby 😆

  3. Oh Mane Mane
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 23 days ago

    De Gea or Leno on free hit?

    1. Stormbringer22
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 23 days ago

      I would say Darlow, but out of those 2 - Leno

    2. ALI_G
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      prefer Darlow

  4. NateDogsCats
      1 month, 23 days ago

      A bit more from Pep on KDB as striker:

      "We don't have strikers," he said. "Gabriel (Jesus) and Ferran (Torres) have Covid, Raheem (Sterling) can play there but I prefer to play him wider instead of a central position.

      "We don't have much alternative. Sergio (Aguero) is still not completely fit. We found, of course, Bernardo (Silva) can play there but we decided to play Kevin.

      "The next game, maybe another situation. We will see."

    • Grounderz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      Is McCarthy likely to be back for DGW19?

      1. Midlands Saint73
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 23 days ago

        He should be, he is self isolating due to family member having covid.

        1. Grounderz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 23 days ago

          Ahh, I see. Thought he himself tested positive. Thanks for the info.

    • Sturridge Wars
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      Talks about postponing the epl. Hope no one activated their Free Hit

      Big surge in positive coronavirus tests in the Premier League: 40 in 1 week.

      Follows 2,295 tests on players and club staff from December 28 to January 3

      1. CONNERS
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 23 days ago

        Held off for this very reason.

        Got tempted by an early transfer mind you, hoping that doesn't bite me.

      2. Stormbringer22
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 23 days ago

        Every source online states that the PL are "confident games will go ahead as scheduled". I don't know how confident they can be as anything can happen and the infection can spread quite quickly. However, at this moment in time, it is all business as usual and no cause for concern about breaks in the PL

        1. NateDogsCats
            1 month, 23 days ago

            Yeah things could change but even when things were clearly heading in a bad direction the PL were very clear that they weren't even entertaining the idea of postponing the season or taking a break. Money talks but to be fair can't see many of us complaining that it gives us something to watch and agonise over with FPL

        2. Ajax Hamsterdam
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 23 days ago

          Activated my wc. Would it just be valid for the duration of the postponement?

          1. Stejson
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 23 days ago

            Nope, just the duration of the gameweek. That's how I wasted mine last year, played it the week before postponement kicked in

            1. Ajax Hamsterdam
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 23 days ago

              Oh well can't be helped . Thanks for reply 🙂

        3. Trophé Mourinho
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 23 days ago

          There is no talk of postponing it, stop scaremongering.
          They literally doubled the amount of tests so guess what the figure is higher than previous. Don’t need to be a rocket scientist to figure this out

          1. Olson
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 23 days ago

            To be fair, moreorless everything that has happened during the last 10 months had been preceded by statements being issued saying it won't happen, or it is not yet on the horizon. I'm definitely not in favor of misleading posts like the OP, but equally, I am working on the assumption, the near certainty that it will. I'm amazed it hasn't already

      3. TB303
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 23 days ago

        Evening all!

        Any improvements needed for the BGW?

        Darlow

        Holding-Saiis-Dias

        Saka-Fernandes-Kdb-Son-Grealish

        Lacazette - Kane

        1. 1zverGGadeM
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 23 days ago

          looks great

        2. TB303
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 23 days ago

          Thanks pal

        3. CONNERS
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 23 days ago

          Looks good, though I'd prefer a 2nd City defender (Cancelo) to Grealish.

      4. CONNERS
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 23 days ago

        Just read on BBC Sport there have been 40 positive Covid tests in the PL this week.

        Not good.

        1. Olson
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 23 days ago

          https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/55540397

          "The league continues to have confidence in its covid 19 protocols"

          Is that the protocols that state it's ok for 22 players, their coaches and managers to be completely unnecessarily all over each other every single match. What planet are they on, it's on tv, we are all watching it.

          1. Stormbringer22
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 23 days ago

            I know, I laugh every time - you see them hand-shaking, hugging, etc.

            1. Olson
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 23 days ago

              Managers hugging their sweaty players as they come off. It's an absolute failure of the most basic of precautions that we are ALL being asked to do.

        2. Olson
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 23 days ago

          I am a fairly cynical person but even so I am astonished that it has been allowed to continue with this absolute trash 'elite sportsperson bubble' lie

      5. Vertigo
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 23 days ago

        Who else is doing Salah to De Bruyne?

        1. Stormbringer22
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 23 days ago

          Many it seems. I don't know if I want to be without Salah in a DGW though...

          1. Vertigo
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 23 days ago

            Don't necessarily have to be with the right hit. That's what I'm looking at - no chips, decent lineups, fingers crossed.

        2. Ajax Hamsterdam
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 23 days ago

          Had Salah captained in last 3 gws so am defo doing it 🙂

          1. La Roja
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 23 days ago

            This will end in tears 😛

            1. Ajax Hamsterdam
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 23 days ago

              Of joy I hope 😉

        3. La Roja
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 23 days ago

          Liverpool looking pretty bad lately but Salah is one of those player you want to have no matter what.

          Tough call tbh

        4. _Ninja_
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 23 days ago

          I'm likely doing it although i may get Salah back for dgw19.

        5. Snooze ya lose
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 23 days ago

          Strongly considering. Otherwise to get Kdb I will have to swap son and grealish to get Kdb and soucek tonight b4 the price rise!

        6. Flair
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          1 month, 23 days ago

          Definitely. The option will be available to get Salah back for Son or Grealish.

        7. Original Pirate Material
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 23 days ago

          Yep.

        8. SHOOTER MCGINN
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 23 days ago

          Yep and doing it regardless of all this COVID talk

      6. JJeyy
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 23 days ago

        DDG the best keeper on free hit money no issue? Already have 3 city

        1. Stormbringer22
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 23 days ago

          Prefer Darlow for this 1 GW

          1. Little Red Lacazette
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 23 days ago

            Yeah, seems the best option.

      7. Camzy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 23 days ago

        The ultimate of FH differentials.

        Aubameyang.

        Anyone gonna go for it? If it's one week it could work...
        Sterling + Saka vs Aubameyang + Foden

        That could be a big swing in points if it's just one week we're talking about.

        1. La Roja
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 23 days ago

          The problem with above latter combo is;

          A) Foden isn’t nailed on to start
          B) Auba playing like a bar steward for a while now, Laca and Saka are much better picks imo

        2. JJeyy
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 23 days ago

          yea a big swing in favour of sterling and Saka

        3. NateDogsCats
            1 month, 23 days ago

            He's looked awful for a long while, even with Arsenal's improved performances he's still looked on the fringes

            1. La Roja
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 23 days ago

              Since he’s signed a new contract he’s done big FA

          • Christina.
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 23 days ago

            yeah i might.

          • CONNERS
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 23 days ago

            I quite like the idea of a punt on Auba, although Saka looks like crazy value by comparison.

            Foden I'm not so keen on, despite the big upside. His 1 pointers earlier in the season are etched in my memory.

        4. Ajax Hamsterdam
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 23 days ago

          A Ings Rodrigo Smith Rowe
          B Wilson bamford saka

          Thanks and gl

          1. Inazuma X1
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 23 days ago

            Easy B

          2. Ajax Hamsterdam
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 23 days ago

            Thanks

        5. Inazuma X1
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 23 days ago

          Ughhh why are people buying blank GW players...

          1. Stormbringer22
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 23 days ago

            Which one?

          2. Camzy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 23 days ago

            Better than people buying GW19 players. Would be pissed if Ings went up before I could buy him...

            1. Ajax Hamsterdam
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 23 days ago

              Consider Ings instead of vardy as well. Who are your other 2 strikers?

              1. Camzy
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                1 month, 23 days ago

                Bamford and Adams. I'm fine with them.

                1. Ajax Hamsterdam
                  • 6 Years
                  1 month, 23 days ago

                  Cheers. Mid must be looking good !

            2. Inazuma X1
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 23 days ago

              You misunderstood I meant players who are blanking in 18

          3. La Roja
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 23 days ago

            Because life is dull without casual FPL crowd...

          4. _Ninja_
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 23 days ago

            People on WC getting players for both weeks, don't think they count towards price rises.

        6. Stormbringer22
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 23 days ago

          Is there any love for Vardy for the DGW19? Or did I make a mistake bringing him in when I did?

          1. NateDogsCats
              1 month, 23 days ago

              I was planning on moving from Kane to him for a while, although think I'm going for Ings instead and will move to Vardy a week or two after

            • Ajax Hamsterdam
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 23 days ago

              He's in my plan yes

            • WE GO FOR IT
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 23 days ago

              With City's DGW announced now, most would be looking to get their players in.

            • Stormbringer22
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 23 days ago

              Cheers all

            • CONNERS
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 23 days ago

              I was going to get him but swaying towards Ings now.

          2. Confusedleedsfan
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 23 days ago

            Reworked FH team. Thoughts please! Usual balance of differentials and cheap picks etc.

            Darlow
            Shaw - Stones - Holding
            KdB - Sterling - Bruno - Son - Saka
            Kane - Wilson

            (Sanchez - Yedlin - Kilman - Brewster)

            Trying to pick up some cheap clean sheets and focusing on front 7

          3. Sarri-ball
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 23 days ago

            Time to sell McCarthy with no gw18 then terrinle fixture swing options

            A) degea
            B) Leno
            C) guita

            1. Bobby Digital
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 23 days ago

              Fixtures are decent and he has a dgw in GW19.

          4. kime67
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 23 days ago

            saka and rashford
            or
            grealish and dcl?

            1. CONNERS
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 23 days ago

              S & R

          5. Steve McCroskey
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 23 days ago

            Is it madness to consider Salah & Bissouma > Rashford & Saka (for free)? Both play in the BGW so would give me a team of:

            Martinez

            Stones Dias

            Son / Bruno / KDB / Rashford / Saka

            DCL

            I might then transfer Salah back in for the DGW as I'm terrified of going without him

            1. CONNERS
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 23 days ago

              Good moves provided you can get him back easily.

          6. JustPark
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 23 days ago

            Stones or Cancelo? Budget limited to 5.7 🙁

            1. La Roja
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 23 days ago

              Cancelo

            2. Wrong Captain Choice - Ag i…
              • 11 Years
              1 month, 23 days ago

              Cancelo - hopefully walker will be eased back.

            3. Inazuma X1
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 23 days ago

              Easy - Stones

            4. Snooze ya lose
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 11 Years
              1 month, 23 days ago

              Can

          7. Oldie99
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 23 days ago

            Pick 4 out of 6 for GW18:

            A. Sterling
            B. Kev
            C. Bruno
            D. Rash
            E. Son
            F. Kane

            1. JustPark
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 23 days ago

              Bcef

            2. HaffNanner
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 23 days ago

              BCDF

              1. Wrong Captain Choice - Ag i…
                • 11 Years
                1 month, 23 days ago

                I really hope Sterling clicks - I still have him. Will give non owners something to think about. Turning into a piraha at the moment though!

                ABCE

            3. Drip Doctor
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              1 month, 23 days ago

              ABCD

          8. fantasywizard
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 23 days ago

            I won't be free hitting nor wildcarding on BGW18 cause I can field 9 players on 18 and then 11 for DGW19. I will need to bring an Arsenal midfielder this week.

            Would you go for Smith-Rowe instead of Saka with the intention of saving a bit of cash for further transfers down the line?

            Cheers!

            1. MMN
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 23 days ago

              Will you be starting him every week?

              1. fantasywizard
                • 8 Years
                1 month, 23 days ago

                Not at all. Os just the question if Smith-Rowe will play on BGW18 or not I think...

            2. WE GO FOR IT
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 23 days ago

              I don't think Smith-Rowe is entirely nailed. Saka is the one to go.

              1. fantasywizard
                • 8 Years
                1 month, 23 days ago

                Yeah that's why I'm not certain...but I only really need Smith-Rowe for BGW18 and then he will sit on my bench...it's tempting...

            3. MMN
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 23 days ago

              I wouldn't get a 5.2 mid to sit on the bench every week.

              1. fantasywizard
                • 8 Years
                1 month, 23 days ago

                Saka or Smith-Rowe will come at the expense of Soucek for BGW18 so that I can save the free hit. I won't need any of them for the foreseeable future after BGW18

          9. Drip Doctor
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 23 days ago

            KDB rising tonight, Salah possibly dropping. Too risky to move now?

            1. WE GO FOR IT
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 23 days ago

              You are moving down so surely can wait.

              1. Drip Doctor
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                1 month, 23 days ago

                Want the extra funds to potentially get Tierney and give me the option of Son > Rashford next week.

                Could hold off and just get Holding but if Arsenal start to click, Tierney could rack up assists.

                1. WE GO FOR IT
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  1 month, 23 days ago

                  If you are tight on funds for your plans, you can. It's a risk. But high risk high reward

            2. fantasywizard
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 23 days ago

              I'm considering doing it today because of the price rises. Is risky of course because of the cups matches but sometimes you have to take a risk...

              1. Drip Doctor
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                1 month, 23 days ago

                Cup matches and Covid.

            3. Vertigo
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 23 days ago

              Not at all - you'll kick yourself if that repeats itself before kickoff.

            4. NateDogsCats
                1 month, 23 days ago

                There are definitely a lot of others doing it. I was contemplating it myself but my move was supposed to be Son back to KDB next week but I'm thinking I need to do it now too because I can see him rising a lot in the next 7-10 days.

              • Olson
                • 6 Years
                1 month, 23 days ago

                Absolute madness to do anything now for the sake of a 0.1 or two.

                1. Vertigo
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  1 month, 23 days ago

                  How long should they wait? It's happening anyway.

                  1. Olson
                    • 6 Years
                    1 month, 23 days ago

                    I dunno, but go through the permutations of how many things can go wrong with increased testing and Covid ripping through clubs because they have no discipline or are not set up to prevent transmission. It's not just about 'wilk KdB be ok', it's about... will football be ok, will brighton be ok, will my other premium players be ok, will KdB's subsequent fixtures and all my DGW players be ok.

                    The gamble in making early moves is high risk

                  2. Would Ed Woodward
                    • 2 Years
                    1 month, 23 days ago

                    Preferable to do it after KDB plays tomorrow at least.

              • SHOOTER MCGINN
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 23 days ago

                Nah

              • THFC4LIFE
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 23 days ago

                Wouldn’t do any moves unless your at risk of being priced out, that’s my opinion anyway, too much risk and uncertainty with Covid

            5. HippY
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              1 month, 23 days ago

              I have the exact money for this FH team, push the button or.hold?

              Darlow
              Stones, AWB, Holding
              KDB, Son, Rashford, Saka, Bruno
              Lacazette, Kane

              Bench 4.0gk, Douglas, Mitchell, Brewster

              1. WE GO FOR IT
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 23 days ago

                Brewster to 4.3m forward. So, you have 0.2 play with. I'd try and wait as close to the weeknd as possible.

                1. HippY
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 10 Years
                  1 month, 23 days ago

                  Crossed my mind, with Mitchell and Brewster there is 2 with points potential in case of rotation.

                  The other option would be wait until last minute, if I'm priced out then Laca to Wilson and upgrade defenders. I'd like to be able to run with this if possible though

              2. CONNERS
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 23 days ago

                I'd wait.

                Also, I prefer Wilson to Laca, which would also give you £ to get Tierney and Cancelo in place of Stones & Holding.

                (Just my preference)

            6. b91jh
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 23 days ago

              Fabian Schar. 21 points here we come again.

              1. CONNERS
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 23 days ago

                I was looking at him too. Is he nailed to start though?

            7. Krafty Werks
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 23 days ago

              As 2nd bench on a free hit? 0.2 spare that really can't be used to upgrade elsewhere, so :

              A - Max Kilman
              B - Jamal Lewis
              C - DeAndre Yedlin

              1. KDB4PREZ
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 23 days ago

                C

            8. Jdpz
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 23 days ago

              For double gameweek:
              Pope Johnstone
              Cancelo Justin Coufal Alioski Dier
              Salah Mane Bruno Raphinha Soucek
              Martial Bamford Wood
              (1ft., 0.2m in the bank)

              What to do? In my ML top players don't have KDB/Sterling. Mane to KDB? Or maybe transfer for -4 points?

            9. Trophé Mourinho
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 23 days ago

              The amount of FH teams with shite benches I’m seeing. People really learnt nothing over the last few weeks?
              There is always Pep roulette to contend with, that’s a given. Also some random players may get COVID, or just injured.
              But the biggest threat is an entire fixture being called off.

              You need a decent bench, imagine worst case scenario and a fixture is called off where you have 3/4 players in it. FH in tatters and wasted.
              Limit yourself to a max of 3 players per fixture and have a half decent bench you wouldn’t hate starting.
              Personally my bench is this, Darlow, Benteke, Holgate or Holding & Mitchell. No it’s not amazing but it’s not bad, wouldn’t mind any of them coming in really bar Mitchell.

              1. Tambling5
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 23 days ago

                Agree. My bench is Watkins or Saka (haven't decided yet), Dier and Lascelles (who could be back and is dead cheap). Decided against a cheap second keeper, tho I think your approach actually makes more sense.

                1. Trophé Mourinho
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 1 Year
                  1 month, 23 days ago

                  In hindsight it will probably look like over-kill but I’m not risking it, and happy with my xi so got the funds to spare. I don’t have Kane I guess when most people do. Only got Son in that game, I’m not exactly seeing a huge score line for Spurs so really don’t want a double up.

                  1. Tambling5
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 2 Years
                    1 month, 23 days ago

                    Yes I am also without Kane.
                    De Gea, (Ziger); Stones, Diaz, Tierney, (Dier, Lasclles)
                    KDB,, Bruno, Son, Rashford, (Saka)
                    Lacazette, Wilson Watkins

              2. WE GO FOR IT
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 23 days ago

                Ramsdale Mitchell Yedlin Stephens my bench

                Have cash to upgrade Stephens if needed.

              3. CONNERS
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 23 days ago

                Good points.

                It may even be advisable to pick a bench before selecting your starting 11.

                Something like Mitchell, 4.5 def, and Brewster would be sufficient I think.

            10. NateDogsCats
                1 month, 23 days ago

                I'm not doing FH myself but out of curiosity are most that are using it putting in what's mostly a deadweight bench? I've seen a good few around with them and I get using it to maximise your XI completely, but with the way things are at the moment and unexpected rotation and injuries (or covid cases) is it not wise to at least have a couple of decent options on the bench?

                1. WE GO FOR IT
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  1 month, 23 days ago

                  I'm planning with a decent but as cheap as possible bench. But if I'm priced out. I might downgrade the bench options to no playing options like Douglas or someone.

              • KAPTAIN KANE
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 23 days ago

                With KdB looking like he’s rising and Salah dropping, do Salah to KdB now (as planned anyway) and if it goes pear shaped play FH?

                1. KDB4PREZ
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 1 Year
                  1 month, 23 days ago

                  I would yeah

                2. COK3Y5MURF
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 23 days ago

                  No

                3. John Nerdelbaum
                  • 8 Years
                  1 month, 23 days ago

                  Seems a bit of a waste of the FH to play it in that particular case

                  1. KAPTAIN KANE
                    • 4 Years
                    1 month, 23 days ago

                    Would only play if say KdB got injured/COVID

                4. Olson
                  • 6 Years
                  1 month, 23 days ago

                  High risk low reward.

                  Go for it

                  1. Miguel Sanchez
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    1 month, 23 days ago

                    0.2 is the reward

                    1. KAPTAIN KANE
                      • 4 Years
                      1 month, 23 days ago

                      Thanks all

                    2. Guru Mediation
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 5 Years
                      1 month, 23 days ago

                      So low reward yeah

              • KDB4PREZ
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 23 days ago

                Is this team strong enuff for DGW19

                De Gea
                Cancelo Diaz Coufal Dallas
                Salah Bruno KDB(TC) Rashford Grealish
                Bam bam

                4-5-1 isn’t ideal but I prefer cancelo over any 6milk striker for this run. Any advice welcomed