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Top FPL differential targets for Gameweeks 18, 19 and beyond

Managers tearing up their Double Gameweek plans are now turning to differentials to catapult themselves up the Fantasy Premier League (FPL) charts.

Additional matches added to both Gameweek 18 and Gameweek 19 has severely altered plans for the single and double Gameweeks.

Manchester City, Manchester United and Aston Villa are all playing in Blank Gameweek 18 as well as having Double Gameweeks in Gameweek 19.

These three clubs have become key targets for many FPL managers – especially those who aren’t planning to deploy their Free Hit chip in this period.

We asked the Scout Academy for their views on these three teams as well as the likes of Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal who, while they don’t play twice in Gameweek 19, do play in both Gameweek 18 and 19.

FPL Shake ‘n’ Bake

Paul Pogba in action for Man United against Spurs during Project Restart

I think targeting teams is a risky strategy. We’ve seen in the last couple of Gameweeks that games have been cancelled post-deadline, and add in the potential for bad weather too, loading up on teams, only for them to have games cancelled will pile on the misery.

Instead of targeting specific teams, I will be looking for some differentials across the teams with good fixtures. While the focus will obviously be on the likes of both Manchester clubs and Aston Villa due to them playing three games, there are teams such as Everton, Spurs and Arsenal who play in both Gameweeks and who have favourable fixtures.

Despite owning Emiliano Martínez (£5.0m) and Jack Grealish (£7.7m), I’m not keen on Villa’s fixtures over this period, so I probably won’t look to get any more into my team.

From City and United, two players I want as differentials are John Stones (£5.0m), currently owned by 5.5% of teams, and Paul Pogba (£7.7m), owned by just 1.4% of teams.

Stones has been impressive since working his way back into City line up, and with Brightons fondness of conceding headed chances, he offers not only a cheap route into City’s defence, but a potential goal threat from set-pieces.

And while Pogba is a player who divides opinion, his influence seems to be growing in the United midfield.

He has averaged a chance every 43 minutes over the last four Gameweeks and his range of passing is always likely to create chances for assists.

As he showed when winning the penalty against Villa, he isn’t afraid of driving into the box and causing trouble for opposition defenders.

In terms of players who play in both Gameweeks, but do not benefit from the Double Gameweek schedule, then Arsenal are a team to target.

There is a lot of justified hype surrounding Bukayo Saka (£5.3m), however, I’m very tempted by their new creative force Emile Smith Rowe (£4.4m). 

Spurs are another team with games in both Gameweeks, hosting Villa and then travelling to Sheffield United.

While he is anything but a differential – my advice to FPL managers is to just get Harry Kane (£11.0m).

I feel people may overlook him for the similarly priced Jamie Vardy (£10.2m) or maybe even a differential Sergio Aguero (£10.3m) for the double, but a trip to Bramall Lane could see him outscore any viable replacements, even if they do have two games

FPL Shake and Bake

FPL Side Net

City’s Ilkay Gundogan celebrates scoring their first goal against West Brom

Heading into the Blank and Double Gameweeks, many managers will have different chip strategies.

It feels like this is going to be a period which will really define how we look at the end of the season, but I think it’s important to remain flexible with your strategy. There is no right or wrong way to navigate it. Just your own. 

The addition of Man United, Burnley, Man City and Villa all thrown into the mix over the two rounds has added extra elements into our thinking, and while the popular players speak for themselves, there are plenty of options that offer some real differential potential. 

While City have looked inconsistent going forward this season, Ilkay Gündogan (£5.4m) continues to offer amazing returns with his eye-catching price tag and 0.9% ownership. While in the past, Gündogan hasn’t been an attractive asset to hold, he has been given licence by Pep to get further up the pitch.

His recent form of three goals in four games is evidence of that. And with five of his next six matches against clubs in the bottom-half of the table, Gündogan can be a handy differential that can be the difference between a good and a great Gameweek. 

While Arsenal only feature twice across Blank Gameweek 18 and Double Gameweek 19, their form and fixtures remind us they should not be overlooked.

If you are using your Free Hit in Gameweek 18, then at £4.4m and 1.3% ownership, Smith Rowe could prove to be an excellent punt for managers looking to get a little cavalier with their squad.

While he has only recently broke into the starting XI, Smith Rowe seems to have Arteta’s backing to be the creative number 10 Arsenal have been craving this season.

He is yet to feature for a full 90 minutes, but he is still averaging six points in the three matches he has started, with three assists so far and the promise of more to come.

FPL Side Net

FPL Focus

Spurs feature in both Gameweeks 18 and 19, although they do not have a double in Gameweek 19.

In defence for Spurs, Toby Alderweireld (£5.4m) looks like a good option. Alderweireld scored in Gameweek 17 showing he is good in the air from set-pieces.

With the Blades in Gameweek 19 who are leaky on set pieces, he could be in for some nice attacking returns as well as a likely clean sheet.

He has also picked up zero bookings this season which always helps not to lose points.

There is an obvious pick in the midfield for Spurs in Son Heung-Min (£9.8m), however I always like to try and find hidden gems.

A look at his underlying stats suggests Tanguy Ndombele (£5.9m) could be a great differential pick and offer a lot of value at his price point.

He has registered two goals and one assist already this season and his ability to take on and dribble past opponents should make him a good pick in Gameweek 19.

Up top for Spurs there really is only one pick. Kane has an impressive 10 goals and 11 assists so far this season, making him top for assists across the league.

On the other side of North London, Arsenal are starting to hit form at the right time for us as FPL Managers. Kieran Tierney (£5.4m) looks like a fantastic option for Blank Gameweek 18 and Gameweek 19 even with a single fixture in both.

Tierney has Crystal Palace and Newcastle at home and Southampton away in his next three fixtures.

He has also picked up two assists this season and a goal, which is promising when viewed alongside Arsenal’s torrid start.

Saka is another excellent option for the Blank and Double Gameweeks and beyond. Saka has registered three goals and two assists so far this season and he has an expected goals rating of 4.21.

In his last three games, Saka has scored two goals and created one assist, so his form is ideal for two matches against Palace and Newcastle.

Finally, Alexandre Lacazette (£8.2m), has been flying somewhat under the FPL radar, especially as a result of his inconsistent appearances at the start of the season.

However, he is now regularly playing for Arsenal and has scored seven goals this season, with four of those goals in the last three games.

While the likes of Dominic CalvertLewin (£7.8m) are drying up in front of goal, Lacazette certainly is not.

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FPL In The Dug Out

There will be a lot of City targeting for Double Gameweek 19 and rightly so, but you won’t make any great leaps up the rankings without a differential or two.

If you’re in a similar position to ITD and you’re looking to make a jump to catch up with the leading pack, West Ham have two very appealing fixtures.

Both homes matches against Burnley and West Brom are very appealing and defensive assets such as Aaron Cresswell (£5.4m) and Vladimir Coufal (£4.7m) could score both defensive and attacking points.

Another more differential pick would be Vardy.

With just over 25% ownership, in comparison to Harry Kane with 44% and Son with 66%, the Leicester forward has two home matches with the first being against an injury-hit Southampton and then an out-of-form Chelsea.

Vardy’s explosiveness could really stretch these teams and make him a worthy selection.

My number one pick, even over the City players, is Bruno Fernandes (£11.3m). He thrives on away days and his Double Gameweek fixtures are both on the road.

Man Utd face Liverpool who are without a recognised first-team centre back and Fulham.

Fulham have only kept three clean sheets this season and with Fernandes being so influential in United’s attack, we could see more away day hauls coming his way. 

FPL In The Dug Out

FPL Hangover Podcast

Foden starts for Man City as Guardiola benches Mahrez

While both sides of Manchester offer plenty of FPL options over the upcoming Gameweeks, those more maverick FPL managers looking for a bit of a poc fada (long-shot), need look no further than Phil Foden (£6.2m). 

Suffering from a serious lack of Premier League minutes, Foden has to be considered one of the FPL’s biggest disappointments so far this season.

While being mainly reserved for Europe has limited Foden’s returns, he offered a sharp reminder of his FPL potential in Gameweek 17.

A goal and an assist against Chelsea will surely offer Pep food for thought going forward, not to mention City’s recent bout of illness which should increase Foden’s chance of minutes. 

Not without its risks, a budget-friendly option with great fixtures makes Foden someone I’d certainly consider.

FPL Hangover Podcast

Americans Talk FPL

Kane and Son proving difficult to sell ahead of Double Gameweek 19

With so much focus on teams that play twice in Gameweek 19, it’s easy to overlook the single game assets.

When these happen to be elite fantasy assets with a mouth-watering fixture, perhaps it’s best to pay a bit more attention.

Of course, I’m referring to Spurs visiting Bramall Lane, and in particular, Kane and Son.

For those of you that aren’t planning on using a chip in Gameweek 18, these are also two of the top assets for that week as well, making for a perfect carry-over into 19.

After a tough run of fixtures and a couple of blanks, the dynamic duo reminded us of their potential with a goal and an assist each against Leeds.

A lot has been made of Spurs’ more defensive approach ever since their collapse against West Ham, with their attempts on goal drastically dropping.

However, what they’ve lacked in quantity has been made up with quality, with the highest chance conversion rate in the entire league this season.

With nearly no fear of rotation for Kane and Son, it’s tough to pick out better options for Gameweek 19, even with one fewer fixture.

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Arsenal have been well off form and off the radar for most of the season.

Recently they have picked up the pace, scoring nine goals in their last four games along with two clean sheets.

Kieran Tierney has played a pivotal role in the Arsenal turnaround having created plenty of chances, with one assist and two clean sheets in the last four Gameweeks.

Saka is also an excellent budget option with two goals and one assist in his last four.

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Based on the fixtures, the ideal teams to target for both Blank Gameweek 18 and Gameweek 19 would be Man Utd, City and Arsenal. 

Over the last three Gameweeks the Red Devils created 33 chances and had 39 attempts on goal with 16 of these on target, averaging a chance every 7.4 minutes.

The players to target would be the obvious ones such as Bruno Fernandes and Marcus Rashford (£9.6m).

Others include the likes of Anthony Martial (£8.7m), Harry Maguire (£5.4m), Aaron WanBissaka (£5.3m) and Luke Shaw (£4,8m).

Over the last three Gameweeks, Bruno ranks third-best in the league for goal attempts with 11 and second in terms of chances created with 11.

But the one player who has caught my eye is Luke Shaw. Over the last three Gameweeks no defender created more chances than the United left back with nine.


With their emphatic win against Chelsea, Man City proved why they’re one of the top teams in Europe.

Over the last three Gameweeks no team created more big chances, and had a better goal conversion rate than the Cityzens with 13% & 17.2% respectively.

Their opponents for blank Gameweek 18, Brighton, have conceded six goals in their last three games, ranked third-worst in the Premier League in this period.

The best players to pick from City include the likes of Kevin De Bruyne (£11.7m), Raheem Sterling (£11.4m), Joao Cancelo (£5.7) and Ruben Dias (£5.8m).

With City playing in a defensively cautious manner at the start of the season. most managers would prefer going with two defenders and maybe KDB or Sterling.

In my opinion I would prefer going with both KDB and Sterling and then either Cancelo or Dias.

Mikel Arteta’s injection of youth into the Arsenal side has clearly made the difference. They’ve won their last three matches and are starting to pick up form.

No team has scored more than the Gunners’ eight goals over the last three Gameweeks, and their 47 attempts on goal is the best in this period.

Arsenal have also created 31 chances over their last three games, averaging a chance every 6.1 mins.

Kieran Tierney ranks joint second best in terms of chances created by a defender with seven over the last three Gameweeks.

He has two assists to his name and had two attempts on goal, scoring once.

No player has scored more goals over the last three games than Lacazette with four. The other two options to consider would be Smith-Rowe and Saka. Smith-Rowe has created six chances and had two attempts on goal over the same period while Saka created four chances, had eight attempts on goal and scored twice.

Their opponents for blank Gameweek 18, Crystal Palace, have conceded 10 big chances over the last three games, the worst in the period alongside Newcastle.

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FPL Talking Points

Of the four teams that play three times across Blank Gameeek 18 and Double Gameweek 19, Burnley are (perhaps correctly) receiving the least amount of attention.

However given their fixtures in Gameweek 16 (Sheffield United) and Gameweek 17 (Fulham – ultimately postponed), many FPL managers, including the last-minute wildcarders from the first half of the season, would have had one Burnley defender in their squads.

In fact, Mark Sutherns on his wildcard stream for FPL BlackBox even had an audacious plan to bring in Nick Pope (£5.4m) for Gameweeks 16 and 17 with the intention of replacing him directly after those two very green fixtures before the games ahead toughened up.

However, those thinking about free-hitting away Burnley’s defensive assets before a run of Man United, West Ham, and Liverpool should be reminded of a similar decision point from the previous season.

Facing a tough run against Leicester (then a solid third place), United, and Arsenal, Burnley defenders and especially Pope were transferred out en masse.

They ended up taking seven points from those three matches conceding only one goal in the process. Pope holders were especially rewarded with a penalty save as well. He racked up 28 points across just those three Gameweeks.

Burnley are a proven commodity when it comes to defending against the big teams. Sellers and free-hitters would do well to remember that.

FPL Talking Points

FPL Gents

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Even though it’s easy to be blinded by the splendid fixtures and form of the two teams from Manchester (and rightly so), there are some players every manager should at least have in the back of their head over the next two Gameweeks.

With the Villa’s fixtures, a double up seems questionable and a triple up looks outright undesirable.

However, the form of Villa this season has been generally very good. While it’s hard to predict who will be the goalscorer in their attack, Grealish seems like the one who is always involved in the goals they score.

Many who have owned Grealish know how frustrating it is to see his teammates spoil his perfectly placed passes. Looking at chances created in the last two Gameweeks, Grealish is third only behind Bruno Fernandes and Leeds’ Mateusz Klich (£5.5m) with his tally of six.

One could argue Grealish deserves more with his expected assists being one of the highest over the last few Gameweeks.

So who are the players who are unable to convert all these chances?

Looking at who tops expected goalscoring metrics at Villa Anwar El Ghazi (£5.8m) and Ollie Watkins (£6.1m) are doing well in expected goals, shots inside box and shots on target.

But both of these players are barely edging past Grealish in the expected points category.


It’s not long ago since Arsenal were a team in deep trouble, barely managing enough points to stay above the relegation zone.

But after a win over out-of-form Chelsea, confidence seems to be blooming.

With an expected goals tally of 4.81 over the last two Gameweeks. it seems things are on the right track again.

However, since they are not playing a double in Gameweek 19, some tend to overlook their assets. Next up are games against Palace and Newcastle, two seemingly weak teams defensively, so it’s time to give Arsenal’s assets serious consideration.

With the same amount of chances created as Jack Grealish over the last two Gameweeks, we find Kieran Tierney.

With Arsenal having only conceded three goals over the last four Gameweeks, it seems there are some clean sheets imminent, combined with some attacking returns.

Looking at shots on target their last two games, we find an old friend in Alexandre Lacazette, whom Arteta seems to have newfound faith in.

If one is on the lookout for budget enablers from Arsenal then Emile Smith-Rowe, Bukayo Saka and even Rob Holding (£4.5m) offers good value in the short term.

FPL Gents

What’s happening in the Scout Academy?

FPL Shake ‘n’ Bake

FPL Shake ‘n’ Bake was busy throughout December ahead of Gameweek 12 he discussed the merit’s of Timo Werner. Ahead of Gameweek 13 he discussed his own FPL teams and making changes to his plans and being adaptable to the game. Gameweek 15’s preview discussed the FPL dynamo that is Bruno Fernandes as well as the arrival of an old tried and tested FPL favourite in to his squad.

FPL Focus

During this festive period FPL Focus has been collaborating with the Scout Network’s FPL Nymfria on her FFScout sponsored Dream Team Stream. He has also been hosting his midweek FPL Focus Show with guest @kendallrowen and @Migtavius. These midweek streams happen every Wednesday over on FPL Focus’ YouTube Channel.  

FPL Focus has also provided a Blank Gameweek 18 and Double Gameweek 19 chip strategy video which is available on his channel. Throughout December FPL Focus also teamed up with fellow Scout Academy podcasters FPL Academica Vertex to talk about Gameweek 14 points and discuss the all important Blank and Double Gameweeks’.

This week’s midweek stream will feature @Rey_Quraishi as a guest to discuss the Gameweek 18 fixtures and how to navigate that small but vital Gameweek.

Americans Talk FPL

In addition to their weekly content over on their YouTube channel, American’s Talk FPL have also begun producing content for the official Fantasy Football Scout Instagram Account.

In December, Americans Talk FPL held their first successful livestream. This is something that they will be looking to continue to make for a more interactive experience for Americans Talk FPL followers. The guys at Americans Talk FPL also have a lot of content planned ahead of Blank Gameweek 18 and Double Gameweek 19 so keep a watch out for this across their channels.

FPL Side Net

December was a very busy month for FPL Side Net with six episodes released, covering the hectic FPL Christmas schedules. Three of those episodes were solo recordings for Peterson as Dubs had work and travel commitments. The FPL Side Net also filmed a fun Christmas episode where they re-cast their favourite Christmas films (yes, that includes Die Hard) with current Premier League personalities.

They also got down to the more serious side of FPL discussing key topics such as how many premiums is too many, and chip strategies ahead of the Blank Gameweek 18 and Double Gamweek 19. You can find the FPL Side Net Podcast on all your favourite platforms.

Fantasy Football Academy – The Academica Vertex

Throughout December the guys at the Fantasy Football Academy had multiple guest appearances on their livestreams. Ahead of Gameweek 12 they welcomed FPL_Beery, as well as streaming with fellow Scout Academy members FPL Focus while discussing their initial thoughts regarding the blank and the double gameweeks. 

FPL Gents

In December, FPL Gents created a website that shows the probability of clean sheets, goals, assists, and as always anytime return chance. It works using the recurring segment of “anytime FPL return probabilities”, calculated by looking at the bookies’ projected outcomes. The page currently shows 98 different assets and you can sort by, for instance, position or simply search for the player you are looking for. The page is updated no later than 24 hours before each Gameweek deadline.

FPL Gents have also written a Twitter article to help FPL Managers work out when to deploy the triple captaincy chip most effectively. Here FPL Managers will find comparisons of using the chip in a good single Gameweek fixture versus a tougher Double Gameweek.

FPL Talking Points

December was the busiest month yet for FPL Talking Points. Throughout December the 25 Days of Podmas feature put the spotlight on a new content creator each day of December leading up to Christmas. Each podcast or video stream was given a page on the Talking Points website featuring their latest episode as well as promotion on our Twitter and Instagram channels. 

This feature allowed FPL Talking Points to highlight some up-and-coming members of the FPL community, as well as grow his own presence in the community as well. As a result, the FPL Talking Points Twitter account tripled its following in December! Merry Christmas to me!!!

FPL In The Dug Out

Throughout January, ITD will be continuing to publish POWERPLAY teams in an attempt to be the highest scoring manager of the week while giving everyone some transfer considerations to bolster their point potential!
David at FPL In The Dug Out will also be doing some Q&A sessions on Instagram to help FPL managers with their planning for the double gameweek and beyond. The first session is scheduled just ahead of double Gameweek 19. David is also planning to record a second FPL Family x video with Sam from the FPL Family following our pre-season Dream Team prediction video to see how those picks are going so far.

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776 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Dynamic Duos
    • 7 Years
    8 days, 22 hours ago

    Is Smith Rowe a good pick? not seen him play but I have these options.

    A) Rowe and DCL
    B) Saka and Wilson

    1. Daniel - NoFH, NoBB, NoTC, …
      • 11 Years
      8 days, 22 hours ago

      Good for 1 week punt

      1. Mile Plankton
        • 8 Years
        8 days, 22 hours ago

        Why not keep as a fifth mid at 4.4?

    2. kennethrhcp
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      8 days, 22 hours ago

      FH?

      B

    3. J ⚒ Salah & Vinagre
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      8 days, 21 hours ago

      B easy

  2. Daniel - NoFH, NoBB, NoTC, …
    • 11 Years
    8 days, 22 hours ago

    If Villa is of thoughts on each of this hits?

    Good or bad?

    Son => Rashford (1 game vs 3 games in theory)
    Kane => Wood (also in theory 1 game vs 3 games )
    Justin => Stones
    Forster => Pope
    Martinez => Pope
    El Ghazi => Saka

    Thanks

    1. Scholes Out Forever
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      8 days, 22 hours ago

      Will villa be off if the FA just force them to play their u23?

      1. kennethrhcp
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        8 days, 22 hours ago

        League alot dif to cup and other teams had less issues and the game called off

        1. Ibralicious
          • 6 Years
          8 days, 21 hours ago

          Preferential treatment for the top 6 though

          1. PlumaPiedra
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            8 days, 20 hours ago

            Newcastle top 6?

    2. kennethrhcp
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      8 days, 22 hours ago

      How many players you ha e at the mo (not including villa and spurs) for 18?

      1. Daniel - NoFH, NoBB, NoTC, …
        • 11 Years
        8 days, 22 hours ago

        Mitchell Cancelo Maguire
        Bruno KDB
        DCL

        🙁

        1. Daniel - NoFH, NoBB, NoTC, …
          • 11 Years
          8 days, 22 hours ago

          I was perfectly set up with or 11 but this ruined everything

          1. Mile Plankton
            • 8 Years
            8 days, 22 hours ago

            I have 6 players in Villa-Spurs.
            I was set with 12 for this GW, but now down to 6.

            1. Mile Plankton
              • 8 Years
              8 days, 22 hours ago

              *Will be down to 6 if they postpone the game.

    3. Mile Plankton
      • 8 Years
      8 days, 22 hours ago

      Would you be losing a lot of money on Son and Kane?
      Son => Rashford is ok
      El Ghazi => Saka is ok
      Forster => Pope also should work out.
      Not sure about others.
      Stones is unlikely to play all 3 in next 2 GWs
      Can't imagine selling Kane for Wood.

    4. Hart-ake
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      8 days, 21 hours ago

      All fine except the Wood move. What about Laca?

    5. WE GO FOR IT
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      8 days, 20 hours ago

      Not keen on any of them for hits rbh. El Ghazi to Saka maybe. Son to Rashford if you fancy United to keep their form.
      Stones one can be done next week. Martinez could be back for GW19 as well. So, I don't think the hit is necessary.

  3. Mile Plankton
    • 8 Years
    8 days, 21 hours ago

    Dead zone started early tonight.

    1. Forever In Our Shadow
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      8 days, 21 hours ago

      The deadest of dead zones.

    2. Shark Team
      • 3 Years
      8 days, 21 hours ago

      Hazard or Ozil?

      1. LarryDuff
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        8 days, 21 hours ago

        Ozil in peak form

      2. GROBARI
          8 days, 20 hours ago

          Suarez or Van Persie?

          1. LarryDuff
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            8 days, 20 hours ago

            Suarez

        • V-2 Schneiderlin
          • 10 Years
          8 days, 20 hours ago

          van der Vaart for the DGW

          1. Mile Plankton
            • 8 Years
            8 days, 20 hours ago

            "Deuce" Dempsey DGW king.

    3. Mufc202020
      • 1 Year
      8 days, 21 hours ago

      Do we think stones and dias partnership is nailed on now??

      1. LarryDuff
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        8 days, 21 hours ago

        For sure

      2. Eddie - Back to Square Owen
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        8 days, 21 hours ago

        Laporte will get games, probably from Stones when fit. But yes, for time being, as nailed as anyone except De Bruyne, Ederson and Sterling.

        1. LarryDuff
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          8 days, 21 hours ago

          Laporte wont play odd games if Stones continues to impress

          1. Eddie - Back to Square Owen
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            8 days, 21 hours ago

            Ok...

          2. sully29
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            8 days, 20 hours ago

            Players get rotated. The odds of that never happening to Stones are slim to none.

            1. LarryDuff
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              8 days, 20 hours ago

              Take rotation as it comes. Best defensive in the league currenty and hes 5 mil

    4. Ibralicious
      • 6 Years
      8 days, 21 hours ago

      So I reckon people on here are still favoring Cancelo for his attacking output over Dias who is more nailed-on for their FH teams?

      1. LarryDuff
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        8 days, 21 hours ago

        Have both and Stones

        1. Ibralicious
          • 6 Years
          8 days, 21 hours ago

          So you own 5 City players?

          1. LarryDuff
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            8 days, 21 hours ago

            Nope 3 defs

            1. Hart-ake
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              8 days, 20 hours ago

              For the fh or main team?

              1. LarryDuff
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                8 days, 20 hours ago

                Main team m8

      2. Eddie - Back to Square Owen
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        8 days, 21 hours ago

        Cancelo is pretty nailed imo.

      3. Pukki Blinders
        • 1 Year
        8 days, 21 hours ago

        After Mendy’s off field behaviour recently I think Cancelo will have that left back spot when Walker returns

      4. El Presidente
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        8 days, 21 hours ago

        Pep loves Cancelo. He's very very focused dude, super professional and really hard working. And he's been their best right/left back...

      5. WE GO FOR IT
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        8 days, 20 hours ago

        Cancelo has missed one game since GW5 while Dias has missed none. Can't say Cancelo is not nailed on. He is probably the best defender to own if you have a somewhat decent bench.

    5. LarryDuff
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      8 days, 21 hours ago

      What is everyones current rank? And plan for next two game weeks

      1. Werner Bremen
        • 2 Years
        8 days, 21 hours ago

        90k. FH in 18, and TC Bruno or KDB in 19

        1. LarryDuff
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          8 days, 20 hours ago

          Nioce

      2. Eddie - Back to Square Owen
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        8 days, 21 hours ago

        Odious and just hoping it all goes away.

      3. Arctic monkeys
        • 7 Years
        8 days, 21 hours ago

        What are plans anymore

        1. Ibralicious
          • 6 Years
          8 days, 20 hours ago

          ^

      4. Ibralicious
        • 6 Years
        8 days, 20 hours ago

        45k. FH 18, BB 19

      5. DA Minnion
        • 8 Years
        8 days, 20 hours ago

        7.5 K.
        Probably free hit 18 if villa game is off.
        Maybe Tc in 19.

        1. LarryDuff
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          8 days, 20 hours ago

          Wow

      6. Bram
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        8 days, 20 hours ago

        250k - took a bit of a pounding losing 5 players to covid cancellation gw16.

        I was building for 18 and maybe tc gw19 but have 3 Villans 2 Spurs so tbh really not sure now. For now I'm just waiting to see what transpires over next few days. Mainly waiting on,
        - Villa v Spurs news but not hopeful
        - If that's off will Spurs play Fulham instead
        - Who loses in FA Cup meaning a rescheduled game could go in the FA Cup Rnd4 slot (e.g. Villa v Toon if Toon lose)

        All I've really decided is I'm unlikely to make any decisions before Tuesday!

      7. Mile Plankton
        • 8 Years
        8 days, 20 hours ago

        82k
        Have 10 players for this GW (6 in Villa-Spurs) and 2 FTs.
        Plan was to have 11 this week with no chips and then FH next week.
        Now it looks I'll be using FH this week.

      8. LarryDuff
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        8 days, 20 hours ago

        120k thinking FH 19

      9. COVID-CASUAL
          8 days, 20 hours ago

          Self reporting bias here, those with ranks to brag about only posting. I’m doing no chips. Not ruling out BB19 but too much needs to go exactly right now for that to happen

          1414

          1. sunzip14
            • 3 Years
            8 days, 19 hours ago

            Not an issue to me. I come here to see what people with good ranks do. I wouldn’t care much about what an OR 5m+ guy is going to do, to take a balanced viewpoint.

      10. Pukki Blinders
        • 1 Year
        8 days, 21 hours ago

        Digne’s back. Hamez’s back.

        Time for DCL to hit his start of season form again now

        1. LarryDuff
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          8 days, 21 hours ago

          Not a given, and holding him this long has been a failure if you did lol

          1. Pukki Blinders
            • 1 Year
            8 days, 21 hours ago

            Failure? Lol he’s outscored the likes of Mane, Rashford, KDB and Sterling this season

            1. WE GO FOR IT
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              8 days, 20 hours ago

              It's about when you had him though. He has 1 goal in his last 7 games and a few penalty win assists. People who switched to the likes of Bamford to upgrade their midfield or defense, or people who upgraded him to the likes of Vardy have done better than the ones who showed faith, at least in the past few weeks.

              If you look at him overall, yes, he's been one of the best players to own. Last few weeks? There have been much better options. I will look to get him back. But will wait. Just cause players are back doesn't mean they start playing at the same level as they left before. It does take some time. Of course, I could miss a haul. But I'd rather do that that get him too early and be stuck with him. The likes of Ings and Bamford are a better right now, at least for the DGW.

              1. Pukki Blinders
                • 1 Year
                8 days, 20 hours ago

                Return of Digne and Hamez is the main reason I’m holding... have had other transfers and just don’t think removing DCL is a priority when I bought him for 7.0 and will want him back sooner rather than later

                1. WE GO FOR IT
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  8 days, 20 hours ago

                  If you've held onto him, it does make sense to hold him now that those two are back. I was just saying whether or not holding him has been a faliure or not, is subjective to how you've done with/without him. You just can't say it's not a faliure cause he's outscored the premiums over the season. Many have held on to him for long and missed out on having an extra premium which has affected their ranks in the last few weeks.

                  1. Pukki Blinders
                    • 1 Year
                    8 days, 20 hours ago

                    Look, what cheap forwards have done well in recent weeks besides Bamford? Literally none as far as I know. Upgrading to a premium forward is a different story as now the likes of Kane are competing against Bruno etc in terms of price... can’t even say Kane has done well either with his 3 blanks in a row. Doesn’t justify a premium slot imo

                    1. WE GO FOR IT
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 5 Years
                      8 days, 20 hours ago

                      Most did move him out for Bamford or Vardy though. And both have done better than DCL. Also, getting Bamford allowed me to have get Salah back after I had moved him out when he had COVID.

                      1. Pukki Blinders
                        • 1 Year
                        8 days, 20 hours ago

                        Already had Bamford, had no where to go with DCL as didn’t have funds for Vardy and felt money was better spent in midfield with the holy trinity... ah well we’ll see what happens

                        1. WE GO FOR IT
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 5 Years
                          8 days, 20 hours ago

                          Yes of course. There's no one right team to have anyway. So, as long as your moves work out for you, it's all good!

                    2. Bram
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 11 Years
                      8 days, 20 hours ago

                      Aye Kane's time has probably come - planning to sell gw19 for Vardy although if he has no fixt this gw he's out early!

                      1. WE GO FOR IT
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 5 Years
                        8 days, 20 hours ago

                        I am thinkinking of the same. But I need to get KdB in for Son as well. So, not sure if it's worth a hit. Might hold for the Sheffield game and see. Some other strikers may come up post the DGW.

                        1. Bram
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 11 Years
                          8 days, 20 hours ago

                          Transfer window too - have to assume WHM will replace Haller for example.

                  2. Bram
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 11 Years
                    8 days, 20 hours ago

                    Aye I did DCL to Bamford for gw12 to get cash for Bruno which worked out OK. Was nervous about it though as I'd had DCL from the start so had a 1.0m profit in DCL.

                    1. Pukki Blinders
                      • 1 Year
                      8 days, 20 hours ago

                      Can’t complain with that then

                    2. WE GO FOR IT
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 5 Years
                      8 days, 20 hours ago

                      Did the same move to get Salah. Worked out decent for me too.

            2. LarryDuff
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              8 days, 20 hours ago

              In his purple patch, i captained his hattrick

      11. Dohers
        • 7 Years
        8 days, 21 hours ago

        Trying to get a side out in Draft and both Gabriel and Mari available - who gets nod vs. Palace?

        1. WE GO FOR IT
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          8 days, 20 hours ago

          I guess Gabriel. But it genuinely is a toss up. Just get Holding I would say.

          1. Dohers
            • 7 Years
            8 days, 20 hours ago

            Holding taken :/ may just go Shaw but Telles could give similar headache

        2. GoonSquad
          • 10 Years
          8 days, 17 hours ago

          Gabriel.

      12. Bobby Digital
        • 3 Years
        8 days, 20 hours ago

        So spurs will play the U23s?

        1. Bobby Digital
          • 3 Years
          8 days, 20 hours ago

          Villa U23s that is...

          1. WE GO FOR IT
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            8 days, 20 hours ago

            They are in different divisions. Villa is in 2nd division, while Spurs in 1st.

        2. Pukki Blinders
          • 1 Year
          8 days, 20 hours ago

          Nope

        3. Bram
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          8 days, 20 hours ago

          Doubtful - EPL is not run by the FA. Different governing bodies, different rules. If Villa can't train game will likely be off.

      13. BaleKaneSon
          8 days, 20 hours ago

          With the selling of Haller is anyone considering Antonio for Gw19 onwards and is there any reason why balbuena was not picked for the last two games?

          1. Pukki Blinders
            • 1 Year
            8 days, 20 hours ago

            1. Good differential
            2. He’s rubbish

            1. Bram
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 11 Years
              8 days, 20 hours ago

              Probably 1 but you have to assume they wouldn't have sold Haller without a replacement lined up.

              1. GoonSquad
                • 10 Years
                8 days, 17 hours ago

                Rumor is chasing Nkeitah.

          2. Bubbles1985
            • 3 Years
            8 days, 15 hours ago

            Antonio is always nailed when fit.

            Expect Odubeko to get some minutes. If you don't know him, you soon will. 🙂

            Balbuena had a niggle.

          1. Dr Mulholland
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            8 days, 20 hours ago

            Cheers

        • 4-6-0
          • 5 Years
          8 days, 20 hours ago

          I had built a team for 18. Was going to FH 19.
          After the city and utd games were rearranged, I could make an XI for both with only transfers (just about).
          If the spurs villa is off im in trouble (especially with almost everyone else looking like free hitters).

          Can anyone recommend a good fpl pundit that is in a similar position?

          Thanks 🙂

          1. WE GO FOR IT
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            8 days, 20 hours ago

            WC is an option. Set your team for both weeks and move on.

          2. Bram
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            8 days, 20 hours ago

            I'm in the same boat and totally undecided - still too many unknowns

        • Uncle Gamst
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          8 days, 20 hours ago

          Any reason not to do Dier > Cancelo now?

          If the Villa v Spurs is postponed then in GWs 18 & 19 City have 3 matches Brighton, Palace, Villa. Spurs have 1, Sheffield United.

          City play Villa on 20/1 but even if that's postponed they will still have and extra game on Spurs. In addition Spurs have Liverpool GW20 and City West Brom.

          Thanks

          1. Pukki Blinders
            • 1 Year
            8 days, 20 hours ago

            Honestly what’s the rush? Don’t get people that do early transfers in the current hectic climate

            1. Uncle Gamst
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              8 days, 20 hours ago

              I've been holding off all week but moot point now as his increase in price now means I'm now 0.1 short of the move.

              If Fabianski is fit then I can always bring him in for Pope or Bissouma > Smith Rowe for -4

        • Ragabolly
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          8 days, 20 hours ago

          Risers: Cancelo (5.8) Martínez (5.1)

          Fallers: Stevens (5.0)

          1. CRO KLOPP
            • 3 Years
            8 days, 20 hours ago

            Cheers, Got Martinez when he was 4.5

            1. Wild Rover
              • 10 Years
              8 days, 20 hours ago

              Pity you'll lose the profit when you sell him this week 😉

              1. CRO KLOPP
                • 3 Years
                8 days, 20 hours ago

                Who cares it's a free game:-)

              2. Jogas tanto Oliveira
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                8 days, 13 hours ago

                Why ? I won't sell him . I prefer sell Johnstone

          2. WE GO FOR IT
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            8 days, 20 hours ago

            Cheers! 🙂
            Looks like Cancelo will be 6m before I can get him in my team permanently.

            1. GoonSquad
              • 10 Years
              8 days, 20 hours ago

              Pep will bench him for Mendy and Walker for a week and he will drop again. Don't worry.

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

                Let's hope so! But

          3. Kazza_
            • 9 Years
            8 days, 20 hours ago

            Who is making transfers with all this uncertainty??

            1. G-Whizz
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • Has Moderation Rights
              • 3 Years
              8 days, 17 hours ago

              Me and any other people on a Free Hit maybe?

              1. Hotdogs for Tea
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                8 days, 15 hours ago

                free hits don’t count to price rises

                1. G-Whizz
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • Has Moderation Rights
                  • 3 Years
                  8 days, 14 hours ago

                  They say that, but I'm not too sure...

          4. JBG
            • 2 Years
            8 days, 20 hours ago

            Why did Martinez rise? So weird... I have him, so I don't mind. Just odd.

            1. Pep bites Kun
              • 4 Years
              8 days, 8 hours ago

              Very odd!

          5. CroatianHammer
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            8 days, 15 hours ago

            2-0, noice!

          6. Daniel - NoFH, NoBB, NoTC, …
            • 11 Years
            8 days, 11 hours ago

            Get in!!! 2 up. Now Mitchel next 😉

        • Trophé Mourinho
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          8 days, 20 hours ago

          This Rob Holding clip makes me laugh every time
          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rG5WXrBKu6I

          1. Skid Vicious (wonkee)
            • 10 Years
            8 days, 20 hours ago

            Brilliant

          2. Bank$y
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            8 days, 19 hours ago

            Respect lol

        • Ajax Hamsterdam
          • 6 Years
          8 days, 20 hours ago

          lindelof is not nailed is he ?

          1. GoonSquad
            • 10 Years
            8 days, 17 hours ago

            No clue, but Bailly when healthy is best partner for Maguire.

        • Stand By Mee
          • 4 Years
          8 days, 19 hours ago

          Dammit. I forgot to swap Dias to Cancelo in my FH, now it will cost me .1

          1. Debauchy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            8 days, 19 hours ago

            .1 hardly an issue on a FH , you will get by

        • Stand By Mee
          • 4 Years
          8 days, 19 hours ago

          How about this FH draft:

          Martinez
          Stones - Holding - Yedlin
          Kdb - Sterling - Bruno - Son
          Kane - Laca - Wilson

          4.0 - SmithRowe - Mitchell - Buur

          1. Wirbelwind
            • 3 Years
            8 days, 19 hours ago

            Seems like AVL-Spurs will be called off.

            1. ppv
              • 9 Years
              8 days, 19 hours ago

              And Villa v Everton

            2. Stand By Mee
              • 4 Years
              8 days, 18 hours ago

              Wow that changes everything. I am glad I am FHting

        • Wirbelwind
          • 3 Years
          8 days, 19 hours ago

          So been a bit distracted this week by certain events and haven't looked into FH'ing.

          Seems like it comes down to either running with almost no players, or stock up on ManU?
          Only have Bruno and DCL with the AVL game postponed...

        • Stupendous
          • 8 Years
          8 days, 18 hours ago

          Traveling across British Columbia in a campervan so I'm well out the loop!

          What's the deal with postponements, Chip strategy and the madness?

          Nutshell/long as anyone cares to fill me in please...

          Spurs villa looks iffy!

          1. Hot Fuzz
            • 4 Years
            8 days, 18 hours ago

            Hey stup just madness I think yeah the spurs game seems like to be postponed. From my end I am going to play FH and let it go over me. How is British Columbia ?

            1. Bushwhacker
              • 1 Year
              8 days, 16 hours ago

              After this weekend I expect a lot more postponed games

            2. Stupendous
              • 8 Years
              8 days, 16 hours ago

              Cheers!

              Absolutely stunning. I was married in Vancouver 5 years back but it's just as stunning in the snow!

              FH sounds likely with 4 spurs and villa in my team

              1. Hot Fuzz
                • 4 Years
                8 days, 16 hours ago

                Awesome enjoy man, I wanted always to see it myself maybe one day. All the best with the couple of weeks ahead

        • SlowStart
          • 6 Years
          8 days, 16 hours ago

          Thoughts Gw19 transfers?

          Robbo > Cancelo
          Son > KDB
          DCL > Antonio or ? (-8) $$

          First hits this season.

        • klopp4kop
          • 4 Years
          8 days, 16 hours ago

          Those who are playing FH this week, what are you guys doing with SPURS ASSETS?
          Wait for a couple of days more to see whether avl vs spurs is decided to be played or cancelled?
          Selling them so that there is no headache even if the match gets cancelled after deadline?

          1. Hot Fuzz
            • 4 Years
            8 days, 16 hours ago

            Fail....response is below!

          2. JasonG123
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            8 days, 15 hours ago

            Hopefully we get news - if no news then it's a sell on FH for me. Will go Auba/Laca cost over Son/Kane given the likelihood that the fixture will be postponed.

          3. Blzbobuk
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            8 days, 15 hours ago

            At the moment have 1 spurs . Will make a call late if no news- tempted to risk it if I think villa is Potentially having to play youth team as I have a playing bench and that could be carnage. If I go safe I will get sterling in and swap Dias for Maguire.

        • Hot Fuzz
          • 4 Years
          8 days, 16 hours ago

          FH for me, then assess the situation not sure what the plan will be

        • davies
          • 6 Years
          8 days, 15 hours ago

          If Villa-Spurs isn’t postponed pre deadline, will you still pick their players on FH?

          1. Jinswick
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            8 days, 15 hours ago

            Probably just go 3 x MCY/MUN/ARS + Wilson/DCL

          2. fcsaltyballs
            • 4 Years
            8 days, 14 hours ago

            We will know pre deadline

            1. Legomané
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • Has Moderation Rights
              • 3 Years
              8 days, 14 hours ago

              It’s likely we’ll know what’s happening to AVL-TOT pre-deadline — but there’s a chance it could be postponed on the day, i.e. after the deadline

              1. fcsaltyballs
                • 4 Years
                8 days, 14 hours ago

                Yeah risky I guess....what do you think will happen?

                I really liked you DGW captain analysis btw, took me a while to get my head round it but in the end very well presented and justified

                1. Legomané
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • Has Moderation Rights
                  • 3 Years
                  8 days, 13 hours ago

                  Thanks 🙂

                  I think Jose’s comments yesterday about Spurs being put in an “impossible” position if Villa game is called off increase the likelihood of them trying to find a solution. TOT-FUL in Tuesday night looks the best solution to avoid impact of any further fixtures, but Spurs would need to accept a quick turn around from their FA Cup tie v Marine. Time is running out though. If it is a possibility — you’d imagine the clubs would need to have been briefed by now. Perhaps waiting for Villa game to be completely ruled out, though that looks highly likely given press are describing the situation as “far worse than Newcastle”.

        • olidooley
          • 8 Years
          8 days, 15 hours ago

          FH team gtg?

          Ramsdale
          Cancelo Tierney Shaw
          KDB Sterling Fernandes Rashford Saka
          Lacazette Richarlison

          4.0 Brewster Mitchell 3.8

          1. Jinswick
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            8 days, 15 hours ago

            Looks good. Can you upgrade Ramsdale?

        • Jinswick
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          8 days, 15 hours ago

          Which of these looks best?

          A)
          18: Dier -> Stones
          19: Bellerin/Wilson -> Cresswell/Antonio

          = 10 starters in 18 + 10DGWers + Son in 19

          B)
          18: McCarthy/Salah -> DDG/Sterling
          19: Wilson -> Antonio

          = 11 starters in 18 + 9DGWers + Son/Bellerin in 19

          McCarthy
          Cancelo, Bellerin, Dier, Targett
          KDB, Bruno, Son, Martinelli
          Wilson, Watkins

          Forster, Mitchell, Salah, Bamford
          Bank 0.0m, 2FTs

          1. COVID-CASUAL
              8 days, 14 hours ago

              Amazingly similar to what I’m going for - either 10/11 in 18 and 10DGW+Kane or 9+Kane/Bellerin in 19. So can’t really help but interested in the answer.

            • Boly Would
              • 4 Years
              8 days, 14 hours ago

              I'd probably go A

          2. Jinswick
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            8 days, 15 hours ago

            If TOT/AVL is postponed, what’s the minimum number of starters you’d go with to save the FH chip?

            1. Ruth_NZ
              • 6 Years
              8 days, 15 hours ago

              I have 6 without that game. If I know it is off I may take a hit for 7. If not I'll go as I am with 9 and take my chances. Either way I'm saving the FH.

              1. Jinswick
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                8 days, 15 hours ago

                Similar here. 6 without that game and 10 with it. Also have 2FTs so can get to 8 without the Spurs game.

                Was planning to save the FH, but 3x MCY/ARS/MUN + Wilson/DCL is tempting.

                1. Ruth_NZ
                  • 6 Years
                  8 days, 14 hours ago

                  I already have 3 City, 2 Arsenal. If I take a hit it will be a 3rd Arsenal player coming in (likely Lacazette). I have Bruno as well. So the key components are already there. Wilson is not any special worry, how likely is he to score more than once? Neither are Rashford & Martial, who are just as likely to blank as to haul.

                  Sure, there's upside to the FH, maybe 25 points for me if the Spurs game is off. But there's always upside to the FH. There's also the question of how it serves your team strategically to play it in any specific week. I am very reluctant to use it GW18 for that reason; I'd rather take the red arrow now and have the benefit later.

            2. bitm2007
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              8 days, 15 hours ago

              I've got 6 maybe 7 (Lamptey) but am not going to use a chip. At the rate fixtures are being postponed at short notice I think it would waste.

            3. Phil's Stamps
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              8 days, 14 hours ago

              Just 5 players.

              I'll lose 4 + Davis if that fixture is cancelled. I'm left with three City and 2 Utd but will just roll with that, too chaotic to risk chips over this blank/double and hopefully jucier opportunities later in the season. If I get 25-30 points, mission accomplished.

            4. Boly Would
              • 4 Years
              8 days, 14 hours ago

              I'll have 7 if that game is off. Won't be playing FH as I'd want 6 of those 7 in a free hit team anyway, so doesn't feel worth it.

            5. Salarrivederci
              • 4 Years
              8 days, 14 hours ago

              It's not really only that.
              It's all about what your plans are for the DGW19.
              At the time early Free Hitters pressed the button I imagine they were quiet happy coming back to a squad with DCL, Watkins, Grealish, triple Liverpool, Martínez etc.
              Now you'd want triple City for next GW, you would reluctantly play your Villa players and DCL knowing that Villa - Everton is up in the air. You'd want to make room for another City defender and bring in KDB, but will have a hard time finding the funds without selling Salah/Robbo and taking hits.

              I think that a team not already pressed the FH having the above mentioned 'problems' are way better off WC'ing and saving FH for BGW29

            6. Blzbobuk
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              8 days, 14 hours ago

              I deployed my free hit (as on 4 dropping to 2) but it’s possibly more who I have, I would happily hit in city players to boost my numbers. I could live with no keeper,1 good striker but would like likely want 3 mids and 3 defenders so probably 7.

              Andy did quite an appealing wildcard solution on his YouTube channel(not sure if the villa issues scupper it a bit). The other thing to look at it is do a rough call on the points you think you might get from Fh vs not(if the extra 4 players give you 4 points average then it starts to look good, if it’s 2 points each not so good plus the upside on arsenal cpl etc)

            7. Legomané
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • Has Moderation Rights
              • 3 Years
              8 days, 14 hours ago

              I’d have 5 if the villa match is off (and Spurs don’t get a hasty rearrangement v Fulham) albeit that includes Mitchell (who looks like he may be preferred now?) and Burke.

              I do have 2FT, so would probably look to get to 7 or 8 with a -4, covering Bruno Kev and double city defence.
              Not completely ruling out FH or WC yet though.

          3. Albrightondknight
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            8 days, 14 hours ago

            Any scoutcast thisweek?

          4. BurnMyBread
              8 days, 14 hours ago

              When will we get any concrete news or confirmations about the postponements?

              1. Blzbobuk
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                8 days, 14 hours ago

                They have cancelled around 3 hours before the game ie load up on Newcastle Sheffield... They know this was disruptive with players travelling etc so I suspect the latest they want to call is night before but if new positive tests come in they will do it late. Just wait until close to deadline