Scout Notes

Antonio proving West Ham’s chief FPL threat as Dawson bolsters defensive options

West Ham 1-0 Burnley

  • Goals: Michail Antonio (£6.3m)
  • Assists: Pablo Fornals (£6.1m)
  • Bonus points: Antonio x3, Aaron Cresswell x2 (£5.4m), Fornals x2

YOU’RE SO FINE

Michail Antonio (£6.3m) got West Ham’s part in Double Gameweek 19 off to the best possible start as he scored the only goal of a 1-0 win over Burnley.

The Fantasy Premier League forward was signed by 500,000+ managers in the build-up to the weekend’s action and he made an immediate impact.

The sale of Sebastien Haller (£6.1m) to Ajax had all but implied Antonio was fit and ready to lead the Hammers’ line again and his performance against Burnley certainly suggested that was true.

Not only did the striker find the net nine minutes into his first start since Gameweek 10, but he also lasted 90 minutes for only the third Premier League match in 2020/21.

Provided that can continue, Antonio can go on to become West Ham’s greatest threat for their appealing upcoming schedule, rather than Tomas Soucek (£5.3m) who did not muster an effort on goal on Saturday afternoon.

By contrast, Antonio has registered a shot every 30.2 minutes this season, the best of any Hammers asset ahead of meetings with Crystal Palace (away), Liverpool (home), Aston Villa (away), Fulham (away) and Sheffield United (home) – all after their second Double Gameweek 19 match at home to West Bromwich Albion, of course.

Crucially, as things stand, the direct competition for Antonio’s place amounts to none – until David Moyes can find a new striker.

Ademipo Odubeko was an unused substitute against Burnley but the West Ham manager has been unequivocal in his desire for reinforcements in this area.

“I’d like some pace and someone who can run in behind. Because Micky gives us that just now, and if we don’t have him through injury or have to rest him at any time, we would like that type.” – David Moyes

SCORES ON THE DAWS

West Ham’s defence is also looking ripe for investment ahead of those aforementioned appealing fixtures as they recorded a third successive Premier League clean sheet against Burnley.

That is something the Hammers have not achieved since September 2019, their recent improvements in this area helped by Craig Dawson (£4.5m).

The centre-back is yet to concede a single league goal this season, starting and contributing to a shutout in every match since Gameweek 16 and was also present for a clean sheet in the FA Cup win over Stockport County.

“(Dawson) has played four games and kept four clean sheets. If you’re a centre-half and you come into a team it’s like being a striker and having four games with four goals. He should be really pleased with his performance. He’s had to be patient. We’ve got competition for places like Issa Diop waiting to come in and Aaron Cresswell has played as a third centre-back for us as well. The competition is there. They’re setting the standards now. Sometimes you do have to win 1-0 in these games.” – David Moyes

It would appear that Dawson has nailed down his place in the West Ham back-four now, especially with Issa Diop (£4.3m) an unused substitute against Burnley and Fabian Balbuena (£4.4m) self-isolating.

WHUBHA

Whether or not Dawson can offer Fantasy value of his own rather than boosting his colleagues remains to be seen.

The centre-back was a prolific penalty box presence for Watford during Project Restart but is yet to register an effort on goal for West Ham.

Vladimir Coufal (£4.7m) and Aaron Cresswell (£5.4m) have nine attacking returns between them this season so they look the more likely to get returns at the other end of the pitch.

That said, the latter was spared an own goal only by the offside flag on Saturday afternoon and the pair combined for just one key pass.

And those without West Ham defensive coverage, especially for upcoming meetings with Crystal Palace (Gameweek 20), Fulham (Gameweek 23) and Sheffield United (Gameweek 24) could do worse than selecting Dawson for his attractive price.

BOTTLE OF CLARET

In failing to find the net against West Ham, Burnley recorded a 10th blank of the campaign, solidifying them as clean sheet fodder.

No team has failed to score in that many games this season as they registered their 28th 1-0 defeat in the Premier League, the Clarets’ most common scoreline in the competition.

That is encouraging news for Fantasy managers targetting their upcoming opponents such as Aston Villa, Chelsea and Manchester City between now and Gameweek 22.

West Ham United XI (4-2-3-1): Fabianski; Cresswell, Ogbonna, Dawson, Coufal; Rice, Soucek; Fornals, Benrahma (Lanzini 68′), Bowen (Yarmolenko 82′); Antonio.

Burnley XI (4-4-2): Pope; Pieters, Mee, Tarkowski, Lowton; Brady, Westwood, Brownhill, Gudmundsson (McNeil 46′); Wood (Rodriguez 72′), Barnes (Vydra 63′).

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1,734 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Whazza
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 25 days ago

    Stones you LEGEND!

    1. EVILFUK
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 25 days ago

      Barnsley Lad!

  2. Infamy, Infamy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 25 days ago

    101 any good?

    1. ZLATAN'S PONYTAIL
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 25 days ago

      Depends. With Bench boost it's a decent score. Without Bench boost, yes

      1. Infamy, Infamy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 25 days ago

        BB with 12 still to go. I’ll take it.

        1. ZLATAN'S PONYTAIL
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 25 days ago

          Yea it's not bad with BB, but there's most in my ML are in that range. Some much higher.

    2. Whazza
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 25 days ago

      Points braggers shave their legs

    3. Sun Jihai
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 25 days ago

      Really great score!

    4. mrmrscott
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 25 days ago

      You must be very disappointed

    5. chrismoo75
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 25 days ago

      86 with KDB TC and 10 to play

      1. Infamy, Infamy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 25 days ago

        Well done !!! It’s been such a tough season I can’t help celebrate a week that’s gone really well. Don’t normally post scores.

    6. Spab
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 25 days ago

      It's OK. It's not quite as good as 46, but you shouldn't be too hard on yourself.

    7. Spab
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 25 days ago

      The most important thing is that you tried hard.

  3. Whazza
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 25 days ago

    Baps as things stand:

    Stones 3
    Dias 2
    KDB 1

  4. Joey Tribbiani
      2 months, 25 days ago

      Score check?

      81 with 12 players left

      1. Salarrivederci
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 25 days ago

        83 (-4). 11 to go.
        Green arrow from 330K OR -> 140K OR or something

      2. Nanoelektronicar
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 25 days ago

        65 14 left. TC Salah.

        1. TheDragon
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 25 days ago

          Snap except KDB TC

      3. Joey Tribbiani
          2 months, 25 days ago

          13 left*

        • JONALDINHO
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 25 days ago

          64 with 12 left. Didn’t use any chips

        • Flair
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          2 months, 25 days ago

          77 with 11 left including KDB (C)

        • mynameisq
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 25 days ago

          88 with 14 left

          Stones Dias double up baby

        • Iceball
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 25 days ago

          72 with 14 to play if count captain as 2.

        • wulfrunian
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 25 days ago

          93 with 12 left.

          1. pundit of punts
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 25 days ago

            Wow

        • pundit of punts
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 25 days ago

          67 with 12 to go

        • swobe
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 25 days ago

          87(-8)
          BB played, 16 left

        • Karhumies
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 25 days ago

          78 with 11 left on FH. Salah C.

          My BB score would have been 2+2+2+3+Areola's next match, so it was good not to use that chip this GW since the expected total is 12.

          1. Steve The Spud
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 25 days ago

            Lol these score are crazy, I’ve got the best score in my ml of 15 but still lower than all of these

            1. Karhumies
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 25 days ago

              I went 541 on FH and got 11 CS from first round.

              Meanwhile, my ML leader went TC on Soucek so I'm going to overtake him for the ML top spot this GW.

              Schmeichel 8

              Stones 21, Dias 11, Robertson 6, Coufal 6, Dawson 6

              KDB 7, Salah C 6, Mane 3, Soucek 2

              Vardy V 2

        • Dele
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 25 days ago

          61 with 15 players to go.

      4. DonBenzema
          2 months, 25 days ago

          Would you guys pull the trigger on this one before price changes tonight?

          Zouma -> Stones
          Already own Mendy and Dias

          1. Davros
            • 11 Years
            2 months, 25 days ago

            No I would wait to see if any changes to fixtures

        • Dybala10
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 25 days ago

          It’s not often you get to celebrate major wins in FPL but what a buzz being a Stones and Dias owner! 🙂

          1. EVILFUK
            • 11 Years
            2 months, 25 days ago

            I feel it mate!

          2. Baps hunter
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 25 days ago

            Felt nice 🙂

          3. Karhumies
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 25 days ago

            High five!

        • pundit of punts
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 25 days ago

          Will score 91 points if all my players just turn up for the next match. 😀

          1. Flair
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            2 months, 25 days ago

            100+ coming in for us my man, another West Ham defense CS incoming!

            1. pundit of punts
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 25 days ago

              Tasty

              Any less than 130 and I’ll be disappointed

        • EVILFUK
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 25 days ago

          My wildcard triple up of Sones, Dias and Cancelo not doing too badly so far.

          1. EVILFUK
            • 11 Years
            2 months, 25 days ago

            Stones even!

        • Mr. O'Connell
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 25 days ago

          21 points any good? No not from Stones, that's my whole team.

          1. Whazza
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 25 days ago

            Your link says 47

            1. Mr. O'Connell
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 25 days ago

              Ah, need to change that. Wish that was my team.

        • TheDragon
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 25 days ago

          Is everyone on here on course for a 100+ week?

          1. faux_C
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 25 days ago

            No

          2. Mr. O'Connell
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 25 days ago

            If Soucek and Grealish bag 4 goals each then I might scrape 100, yeah.

        • Karan14
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 25 days ago

          Cancelo is the one who deserves a 21 pointer 🙁

        • Tsparkes10
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 25 days ago

          If I didn’t bb I wouldn’t have done Lowton to Stones (-4). So I’m taking it as a success 🙂

          1. EVILFUK
            • 11 Years
            2 months, 25 days ago

            Congratulations mate!

        • Baines on Toast...
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 25 days ago

          If there is an FPL Moment this season more disappointing than stones scoring the rebound from a Diaz Attempt, I’d be worried

        • pundit of punts
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 25 days ago

          GW 19 FHers showing GW 18 FHers how it’s done. 😀

          On a serious note, I’ve always FHed in a DGW since the chips were introduced and has always been a success with scores over or close to 100. 🙂

          1. Flair
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            2 months, 25 days ago

            Don't ever want to think about FH in a BGW again. So much more potential in a DGW and it's paying off here.

            1. gooberman
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 25 days ago

              No. I'm bringing him in

            2. pundit of punts
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 25 days ago

              Spot on

              People worry too much about not fielding 11 players in a BGW than maximising a DGW to fullest with FH

          2. Party time
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 25 days ago

            FH 18 WC 19( 75 with 11 to go)

            1. Party time
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 25 days ago

              Oops 10 rather*

          3. Woy_is_back
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 25 days ago

            Bragging from 400k, ok homie

            1. pundit of punts
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 25 days ago

              What’s rank got to do with that?

              Just stating what a viable strategy could be for FPL players in future seasons

              1. true_Jerry
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 25 days ago

                It obviously has a lot to do with it. Maybe you were at that rank because you held players that were playing in GW18 instead of getting players who blanked but did well in that run up. I can see from your team that it’s not your case, but saying that OR has nothing to do with it is absurd.

                If you had triple arsenal triple Newcastle you wouldn’t have had to FH in 18 and you could have done so in 19. Would your rank be good because you had those players ? Most likely not.

          4. Nightcrawler
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 25 days ago

            The real winners were those who didnt use any chips either week

            1. pundit of punts
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 25 days ago

              And took lots of hits?

              1. Nightcrawler
                • 1 Year
                2 months, 25 days ago

                -4 each week for me. 49 and 64 with olenty to go will take it

          5. Whazza
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 25 days ago

            Chill, you've got Foden, Vardy and WERNER

            1. pundit of punts
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 25 days ago

              Don’t need every player to score big to have a FH success

              I’d be nowhere near my score without the FH

              1. Whazza
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                2 months, 25 days ago

                Great argument mate, sure that wasn't valid for GW18 Free hitters

          6. Baps hunter
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 25 days ago

            Are gw 19 free hitters doing much better than those who saved the chip?

            1. pundit of punts
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 25 days ago

              Depends on the team they have

              I’d done terribly

          7. Karan14
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 25 days ago

            Only because of Stones. Those who don't have him are having an average week.

          8. chrismoo75
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 25 days ago

            How so?

            I got 55 FH in GW 18 when my team would have scored 18, and currently on 86 with my normal team with 10 to play , so I seem to be doing significantly better than you 🙂

            1. pundit of punts
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 25 days ago

              My non FH team would have done bad and I would have taken hits

              Big success for me

        • OneMan
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 25 days ago

          Is Cancelo a worry going forward ?

          1. EVILFUK
            • 11 Years
            2 months, 25 days ago

            He starts next game. Will always be any City player rested at any time, that's the risk you gotta take.

          2. mynameisq
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 25 days ago

            Yes, walker is first choice and pep prefers a left footer at left back

            1. gooberman
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 25 days ago

              Walker isn't first choice. Cancelo will be back now after his rest for another run of games and I'm gonna bring him in.

              1. mynameisq
                • 7 Years
                2 months, 25 days ago

                I disagree, he may or may not play the next one but long term walker will be favoured imo

        • Woy_is_back
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 25 days ago

          Should have captained stones
          Damn u Salah 🙁

        • The Knights Template
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 25 days ago

          Pick one please:
          A) being flogged senseless with a knotted rope.
          B) not doing Zouma to Stones.

          1. Steve The Spud
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 25 days ago

            A

            1. The Knights Template
              • 7 Years
              2 months, 25 days ago

              Correct

        • gooberman
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 25 days ago

          Another classic KDB FPL game. Great performance and ran the game but just the one assist to show for it.

          1. TheDragon
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 25 days ago

            Surely the big haul is coming

        • JONALDINHO
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 25 days ago

          Does Brosstan own Stones or Dias?

          1. Whazza
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 25 days ago

            Who cares?

          2. Brosstan
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 25 days ago

            Yes I have Stones. And I agree with whazza its really uninteresting for everyone else

        • Alisson WondHaaland
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 25 days ago

          Took 2 hits to bring in Stones, KDB and Antonio. Mainly did it for the long run but gosh it paid off fast

        • wulfrunian
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 25 days ago

          John Stones you legend!!!!

        • Doctor Evil
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 25 days ago

          Fml last minute change on WC from Stones to Canelo. Doubt I’m still in the top 20k now

        • nerd_is_the_werd
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 25 days ago

          That has to be considered a KDB (C) fail right, all things considered...

          1. Flair
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            2 months, 25 days ago

            14 with Villa (H) next to go and outperformed Bruno and Salah so far, not in the slightest.

          2. The Knights Template
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 25 days ago

            Correct

          3. Wrong Captain Choice - Ag i…
            • 11 Years
            2 months, 25 days ago

            Hardly a fail you obviously never had a 1 point TC?
            Plus he is guaranteed to start against a covid hit Villa.

          4. chrismoo75
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 25 days ago

            generally class 30 points from a TC as average. Obviously less sweet cos I could have had stones or dias and I would be in the top 1k but happy nonetheless

        • OrmskirkFC
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 25 days ago

          Average of ~52 clearly available for everyone to see. This site-> Is 80 points good?

        • Nightcrawler
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 25 days ago

          45% in the top 10k without Stones OR dias

        • Right In The Stanchion
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 25 days ago

          Here we go with the “I was going to get Stones in but I thought of player x instead”

          STFU those points is mine

        • ralfb
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 25 days ago

          Thank u stones - 12th green arrow in row

        • Party time
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 25 days ago

          Stones saving my season. What a Legend

        • Steve The Spud
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 25 days ago

          Into the top million for the first time since game week 1!!!! 😀

          1. UNDERWORLD7
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 25 days ago

            Samesies! Hell of a climb last 5 GW’s! High five!

            1. Steve The Spud
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 25 days ago

              Boom

          2. wulfrunian
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 25 days ago

            Nc one mate!

        • Wrong Captain Choice - Ag i…
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 25 days ago

          Oh just **** off Sterling naturally I sold you for Salah.
          Had him for about 15 gameweeks.
          Plus not only that not having Stones basically cancels out the KDB treble captain.